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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 NationalJournal.com 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:

Campaign Bitcoins Proliferate, but FEC Rules Unclear

May 20, 2014

Candidates testing the waters of bitcoin fundraising are following different sets of rules as they go along, a function of both the freewheeling culture of the digital currency world and of mixed signals from the Federal Election Commission.

FEC Clears Campaigns to Solicit Bitcoins

May 8, 2014

The Federal Election Commission has unanimously ruled to permit the use of bitcoins for political contributions, a move that lends legitimacy to the virtual currency but leaves unclear how valuable or useful bitcoins will prove to be in elections.

Did Soft Money Ban Kill Political Parties? | Rules of the Game

May 6, 2014

The Supreme Courts recent ruling to overturn limits on aggregate campaign contributions has revived a long-running debate over the demise of the nations political parties, and what could bring them back to life.

Senator Questions Hatch Act Violation at FEC

April 30, 2014

Federal Election Commission Vice Chairwoman Ann Ravel went to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify about undisclosed political money in California, but she ended up answering questions about an FEC employees violation of the Hatch Act.

Can Congress Fix the McCutcheon Ruling?

April 29, 2014

In the Supreme Courts recent McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling to strike aggregate campaign contribution limits, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took the unusual step of proscribing how Congress might react.

'Grass-Roots' OFA Snags First Million-Dollar Donor

April 20, 2014

White House officials like to trumpet Organizing for Action as a grass-roots-funded organization, but the six-figure donors to President Barack Obamas tax-exempt advocacy group keep adding up, and it just snagged its first million-dollar contributor.

SCOTUS Spawns Search for Son of 'Super PAC'

April 5, 2014

The chattering classes (no insult intended) are scrambling to come up with a snappy moniker for the joint fundraising committees that may emerge as political power centers in the wake of the Supreme Courts recent McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Will McCutcheon Ruling Boost Political Parties?

April 2, 2014

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus could hardly contain his glee during a conference call with reporters shortly after the Supreme Court ruled to strike the aggregate limit on campaign contributions.

Supreme Court Rejects Aggregate Contribution Limits

April 2, 2014

Updated, 11:45 a.m. | In a long-awaited ruling in the case known as McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court today struck the aggregate limit on campaign contributions as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.

Christie's Contractors: Backers Barred From Donating Found Loophole

April 1, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may manage to put the George Washington Bridge scandal behind him, but even if he does, his ethics troubles wont be over.

Democrats' Anti-Koch Attacks Have a Familiar Ring

March 25, 2014

There is an oddly familiar ring to Democrats escalating attacks on the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

Steeped in Overhead: A Look at the Expenses of Tea Party Groups

March 25, 2014

Updated, 5:20 p.m. | Republican leaders are stepping up their campaign to discredit tea party activists who are challenging them on Capitol Hill and on the campaign trail, accusing conservatives of lining their own pockets at the expense of the GOP.

Facing 140,000 Comments, Treasury Braces for IRS Hearing, Legal Fight

Feb. 27, 2014

As Treasury officials wade through more than 140,000 public comments on draft IRS rules to redefine permissible political activity by tax-exempt groups, they must now brace for at least one public hearing and a possible legal challenge.

IRS Uproar Intensifies

Feb. 26, 2014

As thousands of negative comments flood the Internal Revenue Service on the eve of a Feb. 27 deadline, GOP leaders are moving on several fronts to block the proposed IRS regulations that would curb political activity by tax-exempt groups.

Firewall Between Candidates and Super PACs Breaking Down | Rules of the Game

Feb. 18, 2014

When the Supreme Court deregulated independent political spending four years ago, the court reasoned that unrestricted money posed no corruption risk because a firewall separates candidates from their outside benefactors.

Business Bid to Counter Tea Party Fizzles

Feb. 5, 2014

Business-friendly GOP organizers who launched a new crop of super PACs to counter the tea party have failed to cash in, recent campaign disclosures show, leaving them badly outraised on both the right and the left.

Sarbanes Bill Aims to Draw in Small Donors

Feb. 4, 2014

Having road-tested a low-dollar fundraising system in his own congressional campaign, Maryland Democrat John Sarbanes wants the entire House to follow suit.

Will McCutcheon Replay Citizens United? | Rules of the Game

Jan. 28, 2014

Four years after the Supreme Court deregulated independent campaign spending in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the high court is poised to yet again turn American elections upside down.

'Dark' Corporate Money Bankrolled Tax-Exempt Groups, Report Says

Jan. 16, 2014

The nations top corporations gave more than $185 million in 2012 to tax-exempt groups that spent heavily on politics and lobbying, according to a report released today by the Center for Public Integrity.

Super PAC, Outside Spending Chiefs Make Big Bucks

Jan. 14, 2014

Recently released tax forms shed light on the big salaries that an elite corps of political organizers earned during the 2012 elections and those who made the most often boasted the fewest wins.

Super PAC Boom Marginalizes Women, Report Says

Jan. 14, 2014

The proliferation of super PACs and other unrestricted outside groups is further marginalizing women campaign donors, who are already vastly outnumbered by men, according to a report released Tuesday.

FEC Vulnerable to Hacking, IG Warns

Dec. 30, 2013

Deficient computer security at the Federal Election Commission has already led to high-level breaches and puts the agency at high risk of continued hacking, according to a federal Inspector General report released this month.

The Year in Political Money: Less Transparency, More Deregulation | Rules of the Game

Dec. 18, 2013

Campaign spending trends were not as sensational this year as in 2012, when super PACs and other outside groups pumped more than $1 billion into politics, three times what they spent in the previous presidential election cycle.

More Headaches Ahead for Tax-Exempt Groups?

Dec. 9, 2013

Thirteen months after Election Day, the politically active nonprofits that spent more than $300 million in the 2012 campaigns without disclosing their donors are back in the news.

Van Hollen and Allies Drop IRS Suit

Dec. 6, 2013

Now that the IRS has drafted new rules to rein in politically active tax-exempt groups, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and three allied watchdog groups have withdrawn their lawsuit challenging the tax agency to take action.

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