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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 NationalJournal.com 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:

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 Chris Van Hollen and three allied watchdog groups have withdrawn their lawsuit challenging the tax agency to take action.

Treasury, IRS Propose New Nonprofit Rules

Nov. 26, 2013

Politically active tax-exempt groups, which spent tens of millions in the previous election without disclosing their donors, would face tighter restrictions under new guidelines proposed Tuesday by the Treasury Department and the IRS.

Will the GOP's Business Wing Pony Up? | Rules of the Game

Nov. 19, 2013

For business-minded Republicans fed up with tea-party-led budget standoffs, the past few weeks have offered much to crow about.

Bitcoins Could Prove to Be Windfall — or Bust — for Political Campaigns

Nov. 11, 2013

The Federal Election Commission’s draft plan to approve the virtual currency known as bitcoins for campaign contributions may prove either a windfall or a losing gamble for politicians keen on testing new ways to raise money.

Big Money Undermines Judicial Elections, Report Warns

Oct. 25, 2013

The same unrestricted money that flooded political campaigns in 2012 also inundated judicial elections and is threatening public confidence in the courts and the independence of the judiciary, a new report from a trio of groups warns.

Democratic Donors Surge Amid GOP Slump

Oct. 22, 2013

It’s hard to say which should trouble Republican Party leaders the most right now: the sour mood among GOP donors, or the money suddenly swelling Democratic campaign and super PAC coffers.

Court's Conservatives Maintain Skepticism of Campaign Money Limits

Oct. 8, 2013

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority Tuesday signaled that it remains strongly suspicious of campaign finance limits and may be poised to deregulate elections even further.

McCutcheon Super PAC Already Busts Limits | Rules of the Game

Oct. 7, 2013

An Alabama businessman whose challenge to campaign contribution limits goes before the Supreme Court on Tuesday has already spent well beyond the current limit through an unrestricted super PAC, public records show.

The End of Contribution Limits? | Rules of the Game

Sept. 24, 2013

Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon and his GOP allies insist their Supreme Court challenge to a cap on overall campaign contributions in one election cycle doesn’t dispute the constitutionality of the “base” limit on how much an individual can give to a single candidate in a single election.

Campaign Watchdog to Get New Blood, but Other Fixes Await

Sept. 18, 2013

Now that the Senate Rules and Administration Committee has unanimously approved Republican Lee E. Goodman and Democrat Ann Ravel to serve on the Federal Election Commission, full Senate confirmation is expected to quickly follow suit.

Bachmann Hires 'Fixer' for Campaign Money Troubles

Sept. 12, 2013

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has brought in a new treasurer for her congressional campaign and leadership political action committee in the wake of a federal grand jury probe, a potential House Ethics investigation and a possible inquiry from the Federal Election Commission.

Hate Congress? Blame the (Sharply Divided) Voters

Sept. 9, 2013

An increasingly popular talking point for Democrats is that Republicans are responsible for the bickering, dysfunction and looming budget crises on Capitol Hill.

Blame the IRS or Fix It? | Rules of the Game

July 23, 2013

When Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., launched his hearings into improper IRS targeting of tea party groups, some voiced hope that the probe would shed light not just on what went wrong at the IRS but on how to fix it.

Senators Touting Transparency Should Look in the Mirror | Rules of the Game

June 18, 2013

Senators on both sides of the aisle have demanded transparency lately from a growing list of government agencies: the State Department, the Justice Department, the IRS, the National Security Agency.

Who's the Right Watchdog for Nonprofits' Political Activity? | Rules of the Game

May 21, 2013

An obvious danger of the IRS political targeting scandal is that congressional and federal investigations will produce much heat but little light.

Why the IRS Mess Bares Big Campaign Finance Problems

May 20, 2013

To many on Capitol Hill, the burgeoning scandal dogging the IRS looks like a simple case of partisan political targeting by an overbearing federal agency.

Super PACs Fuel GOP Civil War

May 8, 2013

Republicans who have long pushed for campaign finance deregulation are now paying for one of its consequences: the rise of influential conservative super PACs vying for the soul of a fractured GOP.

Obama Budget Puts OFA on the Spot

April 17, 2013

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal to trim Social Security benefits has intensified liberal angst over his controversial nonprofit advocacy group, Organizing for Action.

Rules of the Game: Lame-Duck FEC Invites Scofflaws

April 5, 2013

Already short one officer, the Federal Election Commission will soon have a dubious distinction: As of April 30, all five of its remaining commissioners will be serving expired terms.

ICE Union Skewers Bill From Immigration 'Gang'

April 3, 2013

The union for immigration agents slammed the immigration bill being drafted by the Senate’s “gang of eight” because it does not focus on enforcing immigration laws in the nation’s interior.

Evangelicals Ramp Up Immigration Ads

April 2, 2013

As part of a six-figure campaign to promote an overhaul of immigration laws, a coalition of evangelical Christian groups on Tuesday launched radio ads in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina and Texas.

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