Eliza Newlin Carney
Eliza Newlin Carney is a senior writer covering political money and election law for CQ Roll Call. Carney writes features, investigative stories and news articles for CQ Weekly. She also writes a Rules of the Game column for Roll Call that analyzes the latest developments in lobbying, political money and ethics. Carney signed on in 2011 as a Roll Call staff writer. She joined the CQ Weekly staff in April 2013.
Carney previously was a contributing editor at National Journal, writing about campaign financing and Washington's influence industry. She was an election law columnist for NationalJournal.com and NationalJournalDaily. She also contributed features and investigative stories to National Journal and Government Executive magazines, among others, and worked as a freelance writer.
Before that Carney spent close to 10 years as a National Journal staff correspondent covering Congress, political money and lobbying. She also wrote about abortion, health care and welfare. Before joining National Journal in 1991, she 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 (M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1994.)
Carney has a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pa. Her work has been recognized by the Capital Press Women and the Philadelphia Press Association. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, Dan Carney, an editorial writer for USA Today, and their daughter, Elizabeth.
Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:
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. It’s a trend that worries campaign reform advocates, who warn that the Supreme Court’s 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
It’s 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 Bailey’s 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 Ohio’s 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.
Oct. 10, 2012
Amid polls showing that women may be drifting away from President Barack Obama, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock told reporters that women will still help Democrats prevail on Election Day, particularly in key Senate races.
Oct. 5, 2012
In this cycle’s costliest and most competitive House and Senate races, Members of Congress are deploying a little-noticed but influential weapon: their personal political action committees, typically known as leadership PACs.
Oct. 1, 2012
As secret political spending escalates in the final weeks before Election Day, it's not too early to ask: What can be done to bring "dark money" out from the shadows?
Sept. 27, 2012
In the latest example of do-gooders using big money to fight big money, a super PAC is advising candidates how to rebuff super PAC attacks and how to score political points by assailing unrestricted campaign spending.
Sept. 26, 2012
Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen wants to clean up government, but he has fielded a lot of questions lately over whether he might be breaking the law in the process.
Sept. 25, 2012
Call them the voter fraud brain trust. A cadre of influential Washington, D.C., election lawyers has mobilized a sophisticated anti-fraud campaign built around lawsuits, white papers, Congressional testimony, speeches and even best-selling books.
Sept. 21, 2012
Most politicians and party leaders fighting to win over Latino voters have probably never heard of labor organizer Eliseo Medina, but they should have.
Sept. 18, 2012
In a blow to advocates of campaign finance disclosure, a federal appeals court today threw out a lower court's finding that the Federal Election Commission's public reporting rules are at odds with campaign finance law.
Sept. 5, 2012
When it comes to political money, President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are delivering the same message from their respective conventions: Do as I say, not as I do.