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Eliza Newlin Carney


Eliza Newlin Carney is a senior writer covering political money and election law for CQ Roll Call. Carney writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly. She also writes a Rules of the Game column for Roll Call that analyzes the latest developments in lobbying, political money and ethics. Carney signed on in 2011 as a Roll Call staff writer. She joined the CQ Weekly staff in April 2013.

Carney previously was a contributing editor at National Journal, writing about campaign financing and Washington's influence industry. She was an election law columnist for and NationalJournalDaily. She also contributed features and investigative stories to National Journal and Government Executive magazines, among others, and worked as a freelance writer.

Before that Carney spent close to 10 years as a National Journal staff correspondent covering Congress, political money and lobbying. She also wrote about abortion, health care and welfare. Before joining National Journal in 1991, she covered Capitol Hill for States News Service, where her subscribing newspapers included the New York Times and the Evening Sun of Baltimore. She previously worked as a daily newspaper reporter in the Philadelphia area.

Carney has offered commentary on C-SPAN, CNN, National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour, among others. She also has taught journalism at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs, and has written a chapter in a book, Abortion Politics in American States (M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1994.)

Carney has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa. Her work has been recognized by the Capital Press Women and the Philadelphia Press Association. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, Dan Carney, an editorial writer for USA Today, and their daughter, Elizabeth.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

Rules of the Game: Texts Could Draw Small Donations

June 15, 2012

In an election increasingly defined by big money, the Federal Election Commission’s recent move to permit campaign contributions via text message strikes many as the perfect antidote.

Beltway Bundlers Have Mitt Romney Sitting Pretty

June 13, 2012

It’s hard to say who gets more out of Mitt Romney’s increasingly cozy relationship with Washington, D.C., lobbyists — the presumptive GOP nominee or the K Street insiders rounding up checks for him.

FEC Approves Use of Text Messaging to Donate to Campaigns

June 12, 2012

In a move hailed by watchdogs and candidates on both sides of the aisle, the Federal Election Commission has approved using mobile text messaging to make campaign contributions.

DCCC Works to Make Democrats Competitive

June 8, 2012

What really keeps Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel up at night is super PACs — Republican-friendly super PACs to be exact.

Campaign Finance: The Nonprofit World’s New Weapon

June 7, 2012

On the surface, the public furor over the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling to deregulate political money looks far removed from K Street’s lobbying and advocacy world. After all, much of the controversy triggered by Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission has centered on unrestricted super PACs, which engage in campaigns and politics, not lobbying. And for the most part, lobbyists register and report their activities under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, not campaign finance laws.

Vote on Campaign Ad Data Renews Lobbying Fight

June 7, 2012

When a House Appropriations subcommittee voted this week to block funding for a new Federal Communications Commission program that would require broadcasters to post campaign ad data online, watchdogs quickly blamed the National Association of Broadcasters.

Wisconsin Recall Vote Becomes Microcosm of National Election

June 3, 2012

On the eve of Tuesday’s Wisconsin gubernatorial recall vote that has become a proxy for the national election, labor organizers and Democrats remain plagued by missteps, internal squabbles and money woes that could reverberate into November.

APCO Snags Mike Tuffin

May 31, 2012

APCO Worldwide has tapped veteran GOP strategist and health care policy consultant Mike Tuffin as managing director of its Washington, D.C., headquarters office.

Campaign Finance Challenge

May 30, 2012

As the Supreme Court mulls the first direct challenge to its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, reform advocates have lobbied the court to revisit and fully debate the constitutionality of corporate political spending.

Supreme Court to Weigh Challenge to Campaign Finance Ruling on June 14

May 30, 2012

The Supreme Court will decide in a private conference on June 14 whether to take up a constitutional challenge to a Montana law that restricts corporate political spending.

Support Urged for Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

May 24, 2012

Amid speculation that Senate Democrats will bring up a campaign finance disclosure bill as early as June, the League of Women Voters has launched a $90,000 radio ad campaign calling on four GOP Senators to “tell us you support full disclosure.”

Bank Lobbyists Go Into Defensive Crouch After JPMorgan Losses

May 23, 2012

The multibillion-dollar trading losses at JPMorgan Chase & Co. have thrust Wall Street banks into a defensive crouch on K Street, prompting financial services lobbyists to clam up, regroup and, in some cases, suspend lobbying altogether.

AFL-CIO Adds General Counsel

May 22, 2012

As it gears up for an ambitious get-out-the-vote effort this year, the AFL-CIO is expanding its legal team with the addition of Craig Becker as co-general counsel.

Super PACs Shift Focus to Congressional Races

May 21, 2012

Super PACs have jumped feet first into Congressional races in recent weeks, the latest public disclosures show, with the conservative groups Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America leading the way.

Rules of the Game: Advocacy Groups Face New Ad Rules

May 18, 2012

With the stroke of a pen, a federal appeals court ruling has drastically altered the calculus for nonprofits and trade groups poised to spend millions of dollars in this election, from well-funded partisan players to grass-roots groups on the left and right.

Senators Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Law Banning Corporate Donations

May 18, 2012

A stream of amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on a closely watched political spending case turned to a flood by the end of last week, as Members of Congress, attorneys general and advocacy groups weighed in.

Coburn Calls on Parties to Reject Public Funding for Conventions

May 17, 2012

Opening a new front in the GOP’s ongoing bid to end public campaign financing, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has called on the chairs of the Democratic and Republican National Committees to reject public funding for their upcoming party conventions.

Court Supports Electioneering Ad Disclosures

May 15, 2012

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has won another victory in his legal battle to force the Federal Election Commission to write stricter disclosure rules for certain types of political ads.

Democrats Far Behind in Super PAC Money

May 8, 2012

For Democratic super PACs struggling to catch up with their cash-flush GOP counterparts, the news that financier George Soros will soon give $2 million to a couple of progressive groups comes as small consolation.

Using Super PACs to Get Rid of Super PACs

May 7, 2012

Want to get big money out of politics? Set up a super PAC.

FEC Questions Donations to Marco Rubio’s PAC

May 2, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio has lost no time paying an $8,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for taking campaign donations beyond the legal limit in his 2010 Senate race. But the Florida Republican’s disputes with the agency may not be over.

Green Voters Go on the Offensive

April 27, 2012

When Democratic strategist Bill Burton went looking for a partner to help his super PAC launch a $1 million ad campaign announced last week, he had more than one reason to knock on the door of the League of Conservation Voters.

Catholics Confront Ryan on Budget Plan

April 26, 2012

A widening rift between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Catholic bishops and activists over federal spending captures the power and unpredictability of the Catholic vote this year.

Walmart Scrambles Lobbyists in Response to Mexico Bribery Report

April 24, 2012

After several years of relative calm, Walmart is once again in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs. Walmart’s top D.C. lobbyist, Ivan Zapien, convened a meeting of his outside consultants today as senior Congressional Democrats are investigating allegations that the company bribed Mexican officials.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Faces Changing Times

April 23, 2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue had much to celebrate when the business lobby marked its centennial last weekend. He also had cause for alarm.

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