Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:
Jan. 3, 2013
Tax-exempt groups that spent hundreds of millions on the 2012 elections without disclosing their donors have stirred no response from federal regulators but have drawn the ire of state officials who are moving aggressively to restrict them.
Dec. 31, 2012
Political spending set new records in 2012, which saw the first presidential election since the Supreme Courtís landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.