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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.

Eliza no longer works for CQ Roll Call.

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Shop Talk: EMILY's List Snags Marcy Stech

Feb. 25, 2013

Marcy Stech is leaving Priorities USA Action, the top-grossing Democratic super PAC in the 2012 election cycle, to be national press secretary at EMILY’s List.

Rules of the Game: Sequester Spells Bitter K Street Failure

Feb. 22, 2013

The seemingly inevitable sequester cuts that will slash $85 billion from the federal budget on Friday reflect not only Washington’s political paralysis but a bitter lobbying failure for K Street interests across the board.

Watchdog Group Sues IRS Over Policing Nonprofits

Feb. 19, 2013

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on Tuesday sued the IRS on the grounds that its regulations governing politically active nonprofit groups flout tax laws, as written.

Supreme Court to Take Up Contribution Limits Challenge

Feb. 19, 2013

In a move with significant campaign finance implications, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge to the aggregate limit on how much an individual may donate to political players each election cycle.

Immigration Debate Draws New Super PACs, Celebrities

Feb. 18, 2013

Major donors from both sides of the aisle are pouring big money into the campaign for an immigration overhaul, as Republicans play political catch-up and Democrats set out to leverage record Latino campaign fundraising in 2012.

Hagel Confirmation Likely, Republicans Say

Feb. 17, 2013

Republicans continued their attacks on Chuck Hagel on Sunday, but they also signaled that the former Republican senator from Nebraska will probably be confirmed as Defense secretary.

Republicans Complain About Leaked Immigration Plan

Feb. 17, 2013

A leak over the weekend of a White House immigration plan has angered House and Senate Republicans, who called it partisan, counterproductive and a nonstarter.

Ryan, Paul Leave Open Possible Presidential Campaigns

Feb. 17, 2013

In separate television appearances Sunday, two leading conservative lawmakers did nothing to tamp down speculation that they might run for president in 2016.

K Street Files: Giffords PAC Hires Seasoned Strategists

Feb. 12, 2013

An A-list of seasoned Democratic strategists will head the Washington office of Americans for Responsible Solutions, the new gun safety group and super PAC set up by ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her husband, Mark Kelly.

Scope of Doctor's Money Ties to Menendez Exceeds $1 Million

Feb. 11, 2013

Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen has given more than $1 million directly and indirectly to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and committees supporting him over the course of their friendship, new disclosures show.

State of the Union Intensifies Gun Fight

Feb. 10, 2013

The passion of gun owners has met the passion of protective moms in the fight over firearms restrictions, which will intensify this week as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

Rules of the Game: Democrats' Super PAC Promotion Signals Shift

Feb. 5, 2013

A recent video starring seven House Democrats promoting the super PAC that helped elect them speaks volumes about how few rules constrain such political action committees — and how wholeheartedly Congress has embraced them.

Drilling for Influence: API Unshaken by 2012 Elections

Feb. 3, 2013

With its neoclassical marble columns and massive, gold-trimmed wooden doors, the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium was an apt setting for American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard’s annual State of American Energy speech.

Obama Raised Cash Post-Election Day

Feb. 1, 2013

Updated 1:54 p.m. | President Barack Obama’s fundraising operation was still going strong after the most expensive election in history, according to year-end Federal Election Commission reports, the final disclosures for this cycle.

FEC Complaint Targets HHS Secretary Sebelius

Jan. 31, 2013

Updated 11:29 a.m. | The government watchdog groupCause of Action has alleged in a complaint to the Federal Election Commission that the Democratic National Committee misreported payments to the Health and Human Services Department following a 2012 trip by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that violated the Hatch Act.

NRA Can't Hurt You, Murphy Claims

Jan. 29, 2013

The National Rifle Association is a “paper tiger” despite its much-vaunted reputation for political and lobbying clout, asserts a report released Tuesday by Sen. Christopher S. Murphy.

Unlikely Coalition Fights Contraception Mandate

Jan. 24, 2013

Abortion opponents rallying by the thousands Friday in Washington at the annual March for Life have lost some political battles lately but won a string of court victories, thanks in part to a diverse coalition challenging a contraception mandate in the health care overhaul.

Rules of the Game: Obama's Ethics Agenda Backfires

Jan. 20, 2013

Four years after President Barack Obama promised to change the culture of Washington, it’s hard to imagine how his ethics, transparency and campaign finance pledges could have backfired more thoroughly.

Burton Leaves Super PAC for Advocacy Group

Jan. 18, 2013

Having helped re-elect President Barack Obama with his unrestricted super PAC Priorities USA Action, former White House official Bill Burton will now join the public affairs firm Global Strategy Group.

Obama Relaunches Campaign as Grass-Roots Advocacy

Jan. 18, 2013

Updated March 5| President Barack Obama is turning to the grass-roots supporters who helped re-elect him to now help carry out his legislative agenda, announcing Friday a new advocacy group dubbed Organizing for Action.

Inaugural Funds Raise Questions

Jan. 17, 2013

President Barack Obama’s decision to collect unlimited corporate cash for his inauguration, and to disclose less about donors than he did four years ago, has triggered broad speculation about what he really plans to do with the money.

Rallies Protest Big Money, Voter Restrictions

Jan. 17, 2013

A broad coalition of civil rights and progressive groups kicked off a “Money Out/Voters In” campaign Thursday that features nationwide rallies to coincide with the presidential inauguration, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the third anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Coalition Presses for Rules on Corporate Political Spending

Jan. 8, 2013

A coalition of corporate investors, shareholders, activists and academics Tuesday urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to act quickly on plans to require corporations to more fully disclose their political spending.

Obama Campaign Fined $375,000

Jan. 4, 2013

The Federal Election Commission has imposed a $375,000 fine on President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign for reporting violations, Politico is reporting, citing as-yet-unpublished FEC documents.

DISCLOSE Advocates Renew Fight

Jan. 4, 2013

The Democrat-authored campaign finance transparency bill known as the DISCLOSE Act failed to win approval in either the 111th or the 112th Congresses, but its backers have set out to try again in this session.

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