Eliza Newlin Carney

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


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Huge Demonstrations, Huge (Low-Dollar) Donations

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rules-logo-109_2.jpg It will take months to establish whether Democrats can transform the grassroots energy that’s driving demonstrators to street protests, airports and town hall meetings into actual electoral gains. But by one measure, party leaders and their allies are already cashing in on a key ingredient of political clout: Money. Public reports do not yet show how much Democratic Party committees and political groups have raised since January, but organizers say the money is flowing in—much of it in low-dollar donations from first-time contributors. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had a “record-smashing month” for an off-year election in January, says one aide, pulling in $4.1 million via digital fundraising alone. That’s twice the committee’s online haul in January of 2015. The average gift this January was $18. Liberal issue groups are also cleaning up. The women’s PAC EMILY’s List doubled its pool of online...

Improve Vote Counting? No Way, Says House GOP

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rules-logo-109_2.jpg Just in case President Donald Trump’s specious voter fraud claims haven’t done enough to diminish public confidence in American elections, House Republicans have set out to shutter the one federal agency that works to keep the nation’s polling places running smoothly. The mandate of that agency, the Election Assistance Commission, is to modernize and secure the nation’s voting machines, and to serve as an information clearinghouse for states on such best practices as how to avoid long lines at the polls, and make sure all votes are tallied. It’s the sort of thing that one might expect Trump, with his unsubstantiated claims that fraudulent ballots cost him the popular vote, might consider worth investing in. But this week the Republicans on the House Administration Committee voted to kill the EAC, approving along party lines a bill authored by House Republican Gregg Harper, of Mississippi. Harper declared that, “it is time for...

Taking Corruption International

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rules-logo-109_2.jpg U.S. foreign policy has long sought to advance democracy around the world, but Republicans on Capitol Hill this week placed the nation on the opposite course with a measure that will advance international corruption instead. In a little-noticed move that echoed the House GOP’s very first attempted vote in the 115th Congress—to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics—Republicans approved a resolution that throws out a regulation, enacted with bipartisan backing, that targets graft and extortion in countries where publicly traded fossil fuels and mining companies do business. When they first tried to weaken ethics oversight in early January, House Republicans backed down following a massive public outcry, and a couple of condemning tweets from then-president-elect Donald Trump. But this time, with public attention focused on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and his legally contested refugee ban, House Republicans managed to quietly weaken anti-...

What’s Next? A Massive Fight Over Women’s Reproductive Health

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rules-logo-109_2.jpg President Donald Trump and his GOP congressional allies have come right out of the gate with a multi-pronged assault on abortion rights, a risky gambit that could complicate Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and install a new justice on the Supreme Court. Women were already riled up after Trump’s election, as evidenced by the millions of protesters who took to the streets in Washington, D.C., and around the globe in a woman-organized march that featured reproductive health as a leading theme. Adding to the sea of pink “pussy” hats sported by marchers were hundreds of pink T-Shirts, signs, and banners supporting Planned Parenthood, the event’s “ Exclusive Premiere Sponsor .” As if to demonstrate just how tone-deaf they are to women and to the majority of Americans who say abortion should be legal, Republicans within days of the march restricted reproductive health on several fronts. Trump not only revived but...

Who’s Behind the Women’s March?

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rules-logo-109_2.jpg In 1963, women helped organize the iconic civil rights demonstration officially known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, but not a single one of them made the roster of official speakers. By contrast, this Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington is organized principally by women of color, who can be expected to top the program. Though the march’s initial instigators were white women—a fact that will keep some leading African American women away—the event now reflects what veteran progressive organizer Heather Booth calls the new face of the women’s movement. Booth says that movement hasn’t disappeared, but that women are pouring their energy into vital campaigns to champion Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, and the Fight for $15. “Very often it is young women of color in the lead,” says Booth, founding director of the Midwest Academy, a training center for organizers, and a partner with the consulting...