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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.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

Democrats Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act

June 24, 2014

Senate Democrats broadened their assault on unrestricted political money Tuesday, introducing a campaign finance disclosure bill that its authors said will be voted on this year.

Mississippi Runoff Takes Financial Toll on GOP (Video)

June 24, 2014

Mississippi’s bruising GOP Senate primary, which voters will decide Tuesday in a runoff (get live results here!), has come at great cost — more than $17 million — to Republicans.

Campaign Finance Hearings Showcase Extremes | Rules of the Game

June 10, 2014

As Senate Democrats gear up for their third in a series of public hearings on the state of campaign finance, Capitol Hill can expect another made-for-TV performance that’s long on political theatrics and short on policy.

McConnell, Reid Spar Over Campaign Financing

June 3, 2014

The Senate’s Majority Leader, Harry Reid, and its GOP leader, Mitch McConnell, delivered sharply clashing views of the campaign finance system Tuesday, at a Senate hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment to allow Congress to restrict political money.

Costly Midterms Fuel Hundreds of Joint Fundraising Committees

May 28, 2014

House and Senate candidates are stockpiling campaign cash for the costliest midterms on record by making good use of the multi-politician war chests known as joint fundraising committees.

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 Court’s recent ruling to overturn limits on aggregate campaign contributions has revived a long-running debate over the demise of the nation’s 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 employee’s violation of the Hatch Act.

Can Congress Fix the McCutcheon Ruling?

April 29, 2014

In the Supreme Court’s 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 Obama’s 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 Court’s 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 won’t 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 nation’s 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.

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