Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:
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.
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.
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.
Oct. 26, 2012
The top Democrat-friendly super PACs continue to accelerate their fundraising, according to recently filed Federal Election Commission reports, but they remain far behind their GOP counterparts in overall receipts.
Oct. 24, 2012
The specter of voter intimidation in all its guises, from sensational billboards to aggressive poll watchers to threats from employers, hangs over the 2012 elections.
Oct. 22, 2012
Labor unions long legendary for their powerful get-out-the-vote machines face an unprecedented test this year, as unfettered conservative groups spend record sums on campaign ads and newly minted ground operations.
Oct. 17, 2012
Few House races better capture the way outside interest groups have taken over campaigns than the Member-vs.-Member face-off between Republican Jim Renacci and Democrat Betty Sutton in Ohioís 16th district.
Oct. 16, 2012
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union have launched ad campaigns totaling almost $2 million in two tight statewide races in New Hampshire and Wisconsin.
Oct. 14, 2012
A nascent conservative campaign to turn out young voters is gaining steam in the homestretch to Election Day as Republicans capitalize on what some argue is a key opening for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.