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Eliza Newlin Carney


Carney is a senior writer covering politics, campaign financing and lobbying for CQ News. She writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly and CQ News. She also writes a political money column for CQ Weekly.

Carney previously worked at National Journal, first as a staff writer and then as a contributing editor. She was an election law columnist for and NationalJournalDaily.

Before joining National Journal in 1991, Carney 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.

Eliza no longer works for CQ Roll Call.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

K Street Lobbyists Still Love Marco Rubio

Oct. 19, 2015

K Street has largely turned a cold shoulder to the 15 Republicans and five Democrats dominating the presidential contest, as lobbyist bundlers take a back seat to both low-dollar contributors and mega-donors bankrolling outside groups.

Money Flowed to McCarthy as Speaker-in-Waiting

Oct. 18, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy received a windfall of six-figure checks from CEOs, Wall Street investors and other high-dollar GOP donors during the short window when he was the front-runner to be the next House speaker. 

Ryan's Fundraising Adds to Speaker Pressure

Oct. 9, 2015

Ways and Means Chairman Paul D. Ryan’s stature as a GOP rainmaker is one reason so many of his colleagues want him to run for House speaker, now that California’s Kevin McCarthy has dropped out.

Speaker Fight Widens K Street, Tea Party Rift

Oct. 9, 2015

California Republican Kevin McCarthy’s decision to drop out of the race to replace Ohio’s John A. Boehner as speaker intensifies the ideological warfare between pro-business Republicans on K Street and tea party activists.

Early Money Flows Into Senate Races

Oct. 1, 2015

In theory, Democrats should be poised to play offense in a Senate election where they must hold onto only 10 seats while Republicans defend 24. But a huge, early spending blitz by GOP party committees, candidates and outside groups may upend expectations in contested states from Illinois to Nevada.

McCarthy Raises Campaign Cash, But He's No Boehner

Sept. 29, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of the strongest campaign fundraisers in his conference, but he still can't hold a candle to outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, say Republicans mulling McCarthy as Boehner's successor.

K Street Crushed, Conservatives Elated over Boehner Departure

Sept. 25, 2015

In a testament to the deep divide between the business and tea party wings of the Republican Party, the news of Speaker John A. Boehner's pending departure left K Street lobbyists reeling and conservative activists jubilant.

Outdated Voting Machines Could Pose Headaches in 2016

Sept. 15, 2015

Fifteen years after hanging chads in Florida forced the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the contested 2000 presidential election, dysfunctional voting machines could once again disrupt Election Day, warned a report released Tuesday.

High-Dollar Fundraising Makes Comeback, Raising Concerns About Bribery

July 8, 2015

Thirteen years ago, following a string of scandals that included Lincoln Bedroom sleepovers to reward big donors, Congress banned lawmakers from raising the unlimited campaign checks known as soft money.

Clinton Foundation's Missteps Point to Broader Problem

May 6, 2015

On the surface, the uproar over foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of State looks like another example of the Clintons behaving badly. But the problem goes beyond the Clintons and could tar Republicans as well.

GOP Leaders Tap K Street, Wall Street Cash

April 21, 2015

The top three GOP leaders in the House collectively raised $7.3 million in the first three months of this year for joint fundraising committees, a type of campaign account that under new rules may collect contributions of six figures or more.

Grassley Resistant to Criminal Justice Overhaul, but Says He’s Willing to Talk

April 13, 2015

Sixteen senators and representatives accepted an invitation to the White House from President Barack Obama on Feb. 24 to discuss ways the administration and Congress could work together to pass a meaningful criminal justice overhaul.

Pillow Talk Tests Ethics When K Street Marries Capitol Hill

April 10, 2015

Questions about the influence of lobbyist spouses have confounded lawmakers for decades, and now confront the House Ethics Committee as it probes whether Kentucky Republican Edward Whitfield broke rules because of his staff’s work with his lobbyist wife.

Presidential Hopefuls Skirt FEC Rules | Rules of the Game

Feb. 26, 2015

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s political organization is opening a campaign office for him in Iowa. Ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is meeting with major donors and hosting dozens of fundraisers around the country. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former senator, secretary of State and first lady, is quietly hand-picking a team of high-level advisers to run her anticipated White House bid.

Roll Call's Guide to the Most Clever Leadership PAC Names

Feb. 20, 2015

What’s in a leadership PAC name? Plenty of dough, as the members who run these personal political action committees have learned. Leadership PACs run by lawmakers pulled in roughly $400 million in the 2014 election cycle, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of data.

IRS Wars Heat Up | Rules of the Game

Feb. 10, 2015

Both Republicans on Capitol Hill and the Obama administration have brought fresh artillery to their war over the IRS and its policing of politically active tax-exempt groups.

Anti-Disclosure Backlash Carries Risks for GOP

Jan. 27, 2015

At a private gathering of conservative political donors last year, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell applauded the state of American elections today, which he described as more deregulated than at any point in recent memory.

Parties Poised to Exploit Broad New Rules | Rules of the Game

Jan. 6, 2015

When Congress moved quietly late last year to permit much larger contributions to the political parties, some experts cast the rules change as, at best, an improvement on the old system, and, at worst, inconsequential.

Fresh Round of Controversies for IRS

Dec. 2, 2014

The IRS faces growing pressure from critics on both sides of the aisle to come to grips with the role that tax-exempt “dark money” groups play in elections.

Money Dominates Committee and Leadership Races | Rules of the Game

Nov. 19, 2014

As House members finalize their senior leadership and committee posts, money is playing a decisive role in who occupies — and retains — the chamber’s seats of power.

Billionaire Boys Club: Congress’ Top Super PAC Donors

Nov. 3, 2014

Dubbed the “billionaire election” by some, these midterms have featured more money than ever spent by the wealthiest Americans and less by small donors. Big-spending outside groups are distilling an already elite donor pool even further, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and the overall number of individual donors has declined for the first time.

Billionaires Dominate Campaign Spending, Analysis Shows

Oct. 29, 2014

This midterm’s price tag will hit $3.7 billion, according to the latest projection from the Center for Responsive Politics, with outside groups and billionaires playing a larger role than ever while small contributors dwindle in number.

Republicans Join Attacks on Big Money | Rules of the Game

Oct. 28, 2014

The Senate candidate warned that voters’ voices are being “drowned out” by “third-party special interest groups with unlimited spending capability,” and called on his opponent to help him bar big outside spenders from the race.

Koch Lobbying Nears $10 Million, Donation Transparency Increases

Oct. 24, 2014

Charles and David Koch are best known for their big political spending, but public records show the billionaire industrialists have also invested close to $10 million on lobbying Congress this year, targeting such issues as carbon taxes, renewable fuel standards, greenhouse gas restrictions and campaign financing.

FEC Rulemakings Roil Agency, Critics | Rules of the Game

Oct. 14, 2014

Is the Federal Election Commission a dysfunctional agency deaf to voters fed up with loophole-riddled campaign finance rules? Or is it a newly revived organization making unprecedented moves to invite a wide-ranging public debate over its regulations?

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