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Eliza Newlin Carney

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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.

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Stories by Eliza Newlin Carney:

Campaign Finance Challenge

May 30, 2012

As the Supreme Court mulls the first direct challenge to its 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling, reform advocates have lobbied the court to revisit and fully debate the constitutionality of corporate political spending.

Supreme Court to Weigh Challenge to Campaign Finance Ruling on June 14

May 30, 2012

The Supreme Court will decide in a private conference on June 14 whether to take up a constitutional challenge to a Montana law that restricts corporate political spending.

Support Urged for Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

May 24, 2012

Amid speculation that Senate Democrats will bring up a campaign finance disclosure bill as early as June, the League of Women Voters has launched a $90,000 radio ad campaign calling on four GOP Senators to “tell us you support full disclosure.”

Bank Lobbyists Go Into Defensive Crouch After JPMorgan Losses

May 23, 2012

The multibillion-dollar trading losses at JPMorgan Chase & Co. have thrust Wall Street banks into a defensive crouch on K Street, prompting financial services lobbyists to clam up, regroup and, in some cases, suspend lobbying altogether.

AFL-CIO Adds General Counsel

May 22, 2012

As it gears up for an ambitious get-out-the-vote effort this year, the AFL-CIO is expanding its legal team with the addition of Craig Becker as co-general counsel.

Super PACs Shift Focus to Congressional Races

May 21, 2012

Super PACs have jumped feet first into Congressional races in recent weeks, the latest public disclosures show, with the conservative groups Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America leading the way.

Rules of the Game: Advocacy Groups Face New Ad Rules

May 18, 2012

With the stroke of a pen, a federal appeals court ruling has drastically altered the calculus for nonprofits and trade groups poised to spend millions of dollars in this election, from well-funded partisan players to grass-roots groups on the left and right.

Senators Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Law Banning Corporate Donations

May 18, 2012

A stream of amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on a closely watched political spending case turned to a flood by the end of last week, as Members of Congress, attorneys general and advocacy groups weighed in.

Coburn Calls on Parties to Reject Public Funding for Conventions

May 17, 2012

Opening a new front in the GOP’s ongoing bid to end public campaign financing, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has called on the chairs of the Democratic and Republican National Committees to reject public funding for their upcoming party conventions.

Court Supports Electioneering Ad Disclosures

May 15, 2012

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has won another victory in his legal battle to force the Federal Election Commission to write stricter disclosure rules for certain types of political ads.

Democrats Far Behind in Super PAC Money

May 8, 2012

For Democratic super PACs struggling to catch up with their cash-flush GOP counterparts, the news that financier George Soros will soon give $2 million to a couple of progressive groups comes as small consolation.

Using Super PACs to Get Rid of Super PACs

May 7, 2012

Want to get big money out of politics? Set up a super PAC.

FEC Questions Donations to Marco Rubio’s PAC

May 2, 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio has lost no time paying an $8,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission for taking campaign donations beyond the legal limit in his 2010 Senate race. But the Florida Republican’s disputes with the agency may not be over.

Green Voters Go on the Offensive

April 27, 2012

When Democratic strategist Bill Burton went looking for a partner to help his super PAC launch a $1 million ad campaign announced last week, he had more than one reason to knock on the door of the League of Conservation Voters.

Catholics Confront Ryan on Budget Plan

April 26, 2012

A widening rift between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Catholic bishops and activists over federal spending captures the power and unpredictability of the Catholic vote this year.

Walmart Scrambles Lobbyists in Response to Mexico Bribery Report

April 24, 2012

After several years of relative calm, Walmart is once again in Capitol Hill’s cross hairs. Walmart’s top D.C. lobbyist, Ivan Zapien, convened a meeting of his outside consultants today as senior Congressional Democrats are investigating allegations that the company bribed Mexican officials.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Faces Changing Times

April 23, 2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue had much to celebrate when the business lobby marked its centennial last weekend. He also had cause for alarm.

GOP Clashes Over Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

April 18, 2012

Congressional efforts to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires May 31 are stoking an increasingly contentious lobbying fight between the establishment and anti-government wings of the Republican Party.

Rules of the Game: Dissecting Super PAC Consulting

April 16, 2012

As super PACs gear up to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on this year’s elections, the well-paid political consultants who are cashing in on the outpouring of unrestricted money are getting some long-overdue scrutiny.

Labor Union Flexes Muscle With Super PAC

April 12, 2012

In a signal that labor organizers plan to fully exploit a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that relaxed campaign finance rules, the AFL-CIO today unveiled a new super PAC aimed at vastly expanding the federation’s political reach.

Mitt Romney’s Tough Job: Wooing Conservatives

April 10, 2012

Now that Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign, Mitt Romney is reaching out to conservative activists. But his reception so far has ranged from tepid to downright hostile.

Lobbyist Group Backs Raising Accountability Standards

April 9, 2012

After 15 months of internal debate, the American League of Lobbyists has proposed a package of ethics reforms that would dramatically expand the number of lobbyists who would be required to register and report their activities.

FEC Ruling Leaves Ad Uncertainty

April 6, 2012

A court ruling rejecting Federal Election Commission disclosure requirements as too lax has left political players unsure how much they need to report about the financing of issue ads, making the agency a battleground in the dispute over secret money in 2012.

The Comeback of Campaign Finance

March 27, 2012

Ten years after they celebrated the enactment of their sweeping ban on unregulated campaign cash, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) have revived their assault on big money.

Mitt Romney Far Outraises GOP Rivals

March 22, 2012

Mitt Romney’s campaign remains driven by large donors over small donors, according to an analysis released today by the Campaign Finance Institute, but the former Massachusetts governor is at least tapping some new funding sources.

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