Eliza Newlin Carney

Eliza Newlin Carney is a weekly columnist at The American Prospect. Her email is ecarney@prospect.org.


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Big Money May Not Save GOP Senators

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Senate Republicans have built a seemingly impenetrable wall of money to insulate themselves from the threat of a Democratic takeover, but they are starting to discover—not for the first time—that deep pockets aren’t everything. It’s too early to say how badly the tape scandal that’s triggered open warfare between Donald Trump and GOP leaders will damage Republicans struggling to hold onto their Senate majority, or whether it may even put the House in play. But the massive GOP spending advantage that until now has insulated many Republicans from the radioactive Trump suddenly looks less foolproof. “I think there are cycles when parties develop problems that money can’t fix,” notes Nathan Gonzales, editor of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report , pointing to 2006 and 2010 as examples. In 2006, congressional Republicans outspent Democrats but still lost the House and the Senate in an election that became a...

Trump’s Voter Fraud Fantasy

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Donald Trump’s racially tinged calls for his backers to “watch” voters in “certain areas” lest the election be “rigged” against him have alarmed voting-rights advocates, who are mobilizing thousands of volunteers to protect voters from Election Day harassment and obstruction. The League of Women Voters “has been pretty concerned about these statements, because of the chance of intimidation and discrimination,” says Lloyd Leonard, the League’s senior advocacy director. The League is one of several voting-rights groups rounding up volunteers to help to forestall disruptions or challenges at the polls, which could lead at least to long lines, and at worst to voter suppression. With his dark warnings that “a lot of bad things happen” and that his supporters should “go check out areas”—read African American and Latino neighborhoods—to guard against fraud, Trump is not just...

Trump Foundation Legal Problems Pile Up

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rules-logo-109.jpeg Donald Trump has ditched any semblance of self-restraint with his renewed attacks on his Democratic rival as “Crooked Hillary,” but it’s Trump’s own apparent legal violations that are increasingly making the news. After months of breathless reports about the conflicts posed by the Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, a string of disclosures involving the Donald J. Trump Foundation point to multiple clear-cut tax and campaign-finance violations. Watchdogs and congressional Democrats have asked the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service to investigate, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has already launched a probe. Trump has dismissed the New York inquiry as politically motivated, and his campaign aides say he has followed all applicable laws. But there are signs that Trump and his campaign are increasingly nervous about the mounting pile of evidence that Trump used the foundation as a...

Republicans Would Rather Impeach Than Disclose

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rules-logo-109.jpeg From the upside-down perspective of Republicans, the biggest threat to American democracy comes not from the millions in unregulated, undisclosed money sloshing through campaigns, but from the slightest attempt to shed light on the big donors funding secretive political groups. So alarmed are conservatives by the specter that non-disclosing groups will be politically harassed and intimidated that they have set out to impeach Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. It's a move that worries GOP leaders, but that has fired up the right-leaning House Freedom Caucus. It all goes back to a federal Inspector General's finding in 2013 that the IRS had improperly targeted tax-exempt Tea Party groups for special scrutiny. At a hearing before his committee this week, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia accused Koskinen of engaging in “a political plan to silence the voices of groups representing millions of Americans.” House...

Nonprofit Structure Backfires on 'Our Revolution'

The group set up to carry on Bernie Sanders's progressive movement has gotten off to a bumpy start, in part because Sanders backers set it up as a tax-exempt organization.

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rules-logo-109.jpeg On August 24, Senator Bernie Sanders stood before a crowd of supporters gathered in a community arts space in Burlington, Vermont, to unveil the next phase of his progressive movement. “Tonight I want to introduce you to a new, independent nonprofit organization that is called Our Revolution, which is inspired by the historic Bernie 2016 presidential campaign,” said Sanders at the event, which was livestreamed to some 300,000 supporters. The group, Sanders declared, “will be fighting at the grassroots level for changes in their local school boards, in their city councils, in their state legislatures and in their representation in Washington.” But the enthusiastic applause that greeted Sanders in Burlington contrasted sharply with the messy controversies and bad press dogging Our Revolution even before its official launch. On the same day that Sanders introduced the group, The New York Times reported that Our Revolution had been “met by...