About

Eliza Newlin Carney is senior editor at The American Prospect. She manages The Prospect’s website and writing staff, and works with contributors on web submissions. Carney also writes a weekly political money column, Rules of the Game, and is in charge of Checks, The Prospect’s new election law blog.

Carney joins the prospect from CQ Roll Call, where she was a senior writer and columnist covering lobbying and political money. Carney is a K Street and campaign finance trend spotter. She coined the term “super PAC” while a columnist and contributing editor for National Journal.

On the influence beat, Carney has covered lobbying fights over health care, Wall Street regulations, defense spending, sugar subsidies, spectrum auctions and more.

Carney has offered commentary as a guest on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour. She has been a panelist at the American Political Science Association’s annual conference; the Bipartisan Policy Center; the Cato Institute; the National Press Club Speaker’s Bureau and the Sunlight Foundation, among others.

Carney signed on as a Roll Call staff writer in June, 2011, and joined the CQ Weekly staff in April, 2103. She came to CQ Roll Call from National Journal, where she had worked as a staff writer, columnist and contributing editor. She joined National Journal in 1991 and served close to 10 years as a staff correspondent covering health care, social policy, Congress, politics and political money.

More recently she was a National Journal contributing editor. In addition to writing her weekly Rules of the Game column for NationalJournal.com and NationalJournalDaily, she contributed features to National Journal and Government Executive magazines. Carney also worked as a freelance writer for Adoptive Families, American Journalism Review, Governing and Presstime magazines, among others. Carney previously covered Capitol Hill for States News Service, where her subscribing newspapers included The New York Times and The Evening Sun of Baltimore.

Carney’s other experience includes working as an adjunct journalism professor at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. She has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her work has been recognized by the Capital Press Women and the Philadelphia Press Association.

A choral singer, songwriter and acoustic music promoter in her free time, Carney produced a children’s CD titled “Love Flows Down” in 2007. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, USA Today editorial writer Dan Carney, and their daughter, Elizabeth.