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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 Universityís 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:

Senators Propose Bipartisan Campaign Finance Disclosure Plan

Dec. 28, 2012

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have unveiled a bipartisan campaign finance disclosure proposal, signaling a possible breakthrough for advocates of new political money restrictions.

Advocates Renew Push to Keep Unemployment Benefits

Dec. 18, 2012

As the deadline for avoiding the fiscal cliff draws ever nearer, advocates for out-of-work Americans have redoubled their push to make sure unemployment benefits donít expire for 2 million workers Dec. 29.

Colbert-Controlled Groups Ship Money to Campaign Watchdogs

Dec. 14, 2012

Both the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Legal Center responded in Stephen Colbert-like fashion to news that the two political nonprofits would receive about $135,000 each from the comedianís now-defunct super PAC.

Rules of the Game: Unions Leveraging Election Day Wins

Dec. 7, 2012

Unions buffeted at the state level are enjoying more success on Capitol Hill, where the fiscal cliff debate is shaping up as a key test of labor movement political clout.

Big Donors Poured Eleventh-Hour Contributions Into Super PACs

Dec. 7, 2012

Top-tier campaign donors poured multiple six- and seven-figure contributions into unrestricted super PACs in the electionís final days, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

New Labor Ads Warn Against Entitlement Cuts

Dec. 7, 2012

Three leading labor unions released a second round of TV ads Friday calling on viewers to urge members of Congress not to cut entitlements as part of a budget deal.

Crossroads Launches $500,000 Fiscal Cliff Ad Buy

Dec. 5, 2012

In the latest sign that outside groups that spent record sums on the recent election are shifting their unrestricted money to lobbying, Crossroads GPS has launched a $500,000 TV ad buy assailing President Barack Obamaís tax plan.

Lobbyists Could See More Curbs Arising From Campaign Finance Movement

Dec. 4, 2012

Lobbyists already chafing under the Obama administrationís lobbying restrictions and congressional ethics rules could soon have a brand new headache: a nascent grass-roots movement thatís placed reining in lobbyists at its center.

Record Spending in 2012 Elections Could Spur Rules Changes, Experts Say

Dec. 4, 2012

The $6 billion spending record set in the 2012 elections will soon be outstripped by future campaigns, but it also opens the way for new political money restrictions, a team of election law experts said at the National Press Club on Tuesday.

Fiscal Cliff Spin Wars Show Small-Business Split

Dec. 3, 2012

Small-business owners have taken up arms on both sides of the spin wars between President Barack Obama and House Republicans over the fiscal cliff, spotlighting a growing rift within K Streetís small-business lobby.

Progressive Groups Branch Out To Tackle Filibuster, Big Money, Voting

Nov. 29, 2012

Fed up with gridlock on Capitol Hill, an unlikely coalition of leading environmental, labor and civil rights groups is mobilizing to push for an overhaul of Senate filibuster, campaign finance and voting rules.

Which Industries Placed the Best and Worst Election Bets?

Nov. 27, 2012

Lawyers and lobbyists placed the smartest bets in the recent elections, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of campaign donations from leading industries and how their top 10 candidates fared. Entertainment sector donors also won big. By contrast, donors on Wall Street, in the health professions and in the real estate industries did not back as many winning candidates. Here are the winners and losers among industry donors.

Bevy of Fixes Might Complicate Efforts To Reshape Campaign Finance System

Nov. 21, 2012

Unrestricted spending in the 2012 elections has created tantalizing openings for advocates of overhauling the campaign finance system, but itís also fueled a rush of competing remedies that might complicate attempts to rewrite the rules.

Executives Endorse Bipartisan Short-Term Deals

Nov. 15, 2012

The debate over the fiscal cliff has turned the spotlight not just on the nationís top CEOs but on the influential trade group that represents them, the Business Roundtable.

Bipartisan Group Pitches Overhaul of Political Money System

Nov. 13, 2012

A bipartisan coalition that includes campaign reform advocates, academics, business leaders and tea party and Occupy Wall Street activists proposed a sweeping overhaul of the political money system today.

Super PACs Make Move to Lobbying

Nov. 12, 2012

High-dollar super PACs and advocacy groups failed to score big wins in the recent elections, but they may have better luck with their next act: lobbying Capitol Hill. From anti-tax activists to environmental organizers, special interest players are pivoting to the policy arena and bringing their unrestricted super PACs with them. Itís a trend that worries campaign reform advocates, who warn that the Supreme Courtís 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling may do more to distort policymaking than elections.

Little Light for Dark Money

Nov. 11, 2012

At least $6 billion was spent on the 2012 election, by all accounts, but several hundred million more dollars are likely to remain hidden. And the biggest donors of much of the money will never be known.

Time to Second-Guess Super PACs

Nov. 7, 2012

Itís been tempting for pundits and analysts to cast Republican super PACs and advocacy organizations as the big losers in this election.

South: Virginia Senate Bright Spot for Democrats

Nov. 7, 2012

Democrats had little to cheer about in the South, with one notable exception: Virginia, where they won a marquee Senate race that was the costliest in the nation and delivered a swing state victory for President Barack Obama.

Groups Worried About Ballot Access Monitor Polls on Election Day

Nov. 6, 2012

As she stood handing out sample ballots to voters streaming into Baileyís Community Center in Falls Church, Va., today, Democratic volunteer Jill Patrick said she knew she was being closely watched.

Outside Spending Defines Elections

Nov. 5, 2012

Campaign spending by unrestricted super PACs and secretive tax-exempt groups topped $1 billion in this election cycle, close to four times the amount spent by such organizations in the last presidential race.

Beltway Donors Top Super PAC Givers

Nov. 2, 2012

Campaign donors from Washington, D.C., have given more money to super PACs in this election cycle than donors from any other city in the United States, according to an analysis released today by MapLight, a nonpartisan group that follows political money.

Rape Comment Forces John Koster Into Damage Control

Nov. 1, 2012

In this election, some candidates have made unguarded comments at off-the-record fundraisers, while others have drawn fire for impolitic comments about women and rape.

Total Cost of Election Will Exceed $6 Billion, Group Predicts

Oct. 31, 2012

The total cost of the 2012 elections will exceed $6 billion, according to new projections released today by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Rules of the Game: Lessons Learned From First Post-Citizens United Presidential Race

Oct. 31, 2012

With its unrestricted super PACs, wealthy mega-donors, secret money and more than $6 billion projected price tag, this election cycle boasts more unfettered campaign spending than any in recent memory.

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