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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:

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.

Nonprofits Dive Into PAC World

March 21, 2012

As politically active tax-exempt groups draw scrutiny from lawmakers and regulators, leaders in the sprawling nonprofit sector are torn between circling the wagons and joining in calls for reform.

Senate Democrats Unveil Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill

March 21, 2012

A task force of Senate Democrats today introduced a stripped-down campaign finance disclosure bill, reviving legislation that fell one vote short of enactment in the previous Congress.

K Street Files: Strategists Create New Firm

March 20, 2012

Democratic strategist Kristen Hawn and Ali Harden, a former aide in the George W. Bush White House, are launching their own public affairs shop, Granite Integrated Strategies, this week.

With Budget Release, Grass-Roots Groups Get Going

March 20, 2012

In a reprise of the Medicare wars triggered by last year’s budget debates, senior citizen and civil rights advocates today announced a grass-roots lobbying and ad campaign assailing House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget.

Rules of the Game: Bad News for Nation’s Nonprofits

March 19, 2012

In an election that until lately has been dominated by super PACs, politically active nonprofits are the new bad guys, drawing ethics complaints, letters to the IRS and legislative action.

Crowdfunding Proposal Hits Snag

March 14, 2012

As the Senate prepares to take up the House-passed Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, a popular proposal to free up capital through “crowdfunding” has pitted consumer advocates against

entrepreneurs.

U.S. Catholic Bishops Consider Next Move

March 13, 2012

About three dozen Catholic bishops who gathered in Washington, D.C., for a high-level meeting this week face a tough question in their ongoing standoff with President Barack Obama over contraception and health care: What’s next?

Coalition Trying to Drive Corporations Out of Political Spending

March 12, 2012

A coalition of more than a dozen progressive groups announced plans today for an aggressive campaign to pressure corporations and big donors to stay out of politics.

Groups Wage Battle Over Voter ID Laws

March 12, 2012

For Rock the Vote volunteers who roam rock concerts and college campuses looking for students to register, the typical dress code is jeans and a T-shirt. But this year, many organizers have traded their college clothes for suits and ties.

Gingrich, Santorum Confident on Gaining Ground Vs. Romney

March 11, 2012

GOP presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum today trumpeted their chances of winning upcoming primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, but both face a basic delegate math problem to catch up to frontrunner Mitt Romney.

The Super PAC Paradox

March 9, 2012

Investment fund manager Foster Friess probably did not strike audience members as someone special as he smiled behind GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum at his victory speech in Missouri after its Feb. 7 primary. But Friess is at the center of a growing controversy over unregulated money and alleged campaign finance violations in the 2012 campaign.

Super Tuesday Super PAC Spending Blitz

March 6, 2012

Super PACs backing the presidential candidates made hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of last-minute expenditures on TV and radio ads, direct mail and phone banks on the eve of Super Tuesday.

Super PACS Target Congressional Races

March 2, 2012

Super PACs and other unrestricted groups have moved beyond the presidential campaign trail to target key House and Senate races, and Congressional candidates don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Local, National Chambers Clash on Ads

Feb. 29, 2012

Amid a multistate ad blitz by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that targets 20 House and Senate races, state and local chamber affiliates in Montana and Virginia have condemned or distanced themselves from the national trade group's ads.

Campaign Finance Onus Placed on Agencies

Feb. 24, 2012

Democrats on Capitol Hill have called for hearings and legislation to rein in unrestricted campaign money, but the real action is at a handful of federal agencies being bombarded with letters from lawmakers, lobbyists and activists.

Super PAC Money Getting More Scrutiny, Complaints

Feb. 21, 2012

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is drawing more scrutiny as his poll numbers rise, and so is the increasingly lucrative super PAC backing the former Pennsylvania Senator.

Report: Some Super PAC Money Is Untraceable

Feb. 8, 2012

Six of the top 10 super PACs active in the 2012 elections have received money from untraceable sources, including nonprofits and shell corporations, according to a report released today by two progressive advocacy groups.

Obama Gives In to Pragmatism

Feb. 7, 2012

President Barack Obama’s decision to embrace his super PAC is only the latest example of the president setting his ideals aside and resigning himself to pragmatic political realities.

Rules of the Game: For Left, Win Lies in ‘People Power’

Feb. 6, 2012

Democratic super PAC organizers are putting a brave face on recent disclosures that show GOP-friendly super PACs have outraised them by more than 3-to-1.

Senate Democrats Criticize Super PACs

Feb. 1, 2012

Senate Democrats today voiced outrage over recent public disclosures showing tens of millions in corporate donations to largely GOP-friendly super PACs and announced plans for a task force, hearings and legislation to rein in unrestricted campaign money.

Deadline Arrives for Super PACs to Reveal Their Donors

Jan. 31, 2012

All eyes are on the Federal Election Commission website today, as policy wonks, journalists and political players pore through the latest disclosure reports for the super PACs that are dominating the 2012 election.

Super PACs Supporting Gingrich Find Limits

Jan. 30, 2012

Super PACs backing Newt Gingrich have dominated media coverage of the GOP Florida primary that will be decided Tuesday, but their effect is starting to look less than super.

Mobile Phone Company Launches Super PAC

Jan. 30, 2012

The progressive San Francisco-based phone company known as CREDO Mobile today launched a super PAC to oust a cadre of conservative House Members that it’s calling the “Tea Party Ten.”

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