Eliza Newlin Carney

Eliza Newlin Carney is The American Prospect's senior editor.

 

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Jill Stein Pulls Back the Curtain on America’s Voting Chaos

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AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File Officials count ballots during a statewide presidential election recount in Waterford Township, Michigan, Monday, December 5, 2016. L et’s acknowledge that Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s now-halted bid to recount the vote in three Rust Belt states served principally to earn her a lot of free media and fatten her political fundraising email list. Stein failed to furnish any evidence of the “hacking” and “security breaches” that her many press releases and public comments alleged , but she did scoop up $7.3 million from more than 160,000 donors in less than three weeks. Nevertheless, Stein’s arguably self-serving drive to recount votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin performed an important public service. As Stein noted this week in a press call to mark the end of her recount effort, she did spotlight some troubling weaknesses in the nation’s election system. Voting in America continues to be plagued by malfunctioning machines,...

Republicans Gear Up to Eviscerate the Campaign-Finance Rules

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AP Photo/Molly Riley President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky in Washington on November 10, 2016. D onald Trump’s ethics conflicts and billionaire-heavy cabinet appointments are making news these days, but an even bigger special-interest bonanza is on the horizon, when Republicans make good on their plans to knock down what remains of the campaign-finance laws. A Supreme Court that includes a Trump appointee will likely uphold a constitutional challenge to the 14-year-old ban on soft (unregulated) money that is now wending its way to the high court. Contribution limits, long reviled by Republicans who now control Capitol Hill, are on the chopping block . Most alarmingly, Trump has pledged to end the ban on partisan political activity by charitable groups, raising the specter of what one tax expert has called “Charity PACs” that would operate in total secrecy while handing wealthy donors a federal subsidy...

Will Trump’s Administration Be an Ethics-Free Zone?

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AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File Donald Trump, right, talks with The Associated Press as his son, Donald Jr., gives an interview, at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. V ice President-elect Mike Pence did his best to put a Band-Aid on Donald Trump’s hemorrhaging credibility when he reportedly removed lobbyists this week from the White House transition team, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to fix Trump’s ethics mess. Having pledged, in his words , to “send the special interests packing,” have an “honest, ethical, and responsive” government, and, yes, “drain the swamp,” Trump has now reneged on one of his core promises to voters within days of winning election. He’s stacked his transition team with Wall Street, K Street, and corporate insiders, he’s peddling an unconvincing ethics reform plan that’s going nowhere on Capitol Hill, and he’s handed his business empire over to his children in a supposed “blind trust” that ethics experts say does nothing to...

Defending Democracy Just Got a Whole Lot Harder

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File In this Tuesday, November 8, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pumps his fist as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. F or democracy advocates, this year’s presidential race offered plenty of fuel to stoke their overriding fears: that big money is drowning out ordinary Americans, and that ballot restrictions are violating voting rights. But the presidential race that will install Donald Trump in the White House has also exposed fresh democracy threats on a host of new and disturbing fronts. Once honored as the American political system’s watchdog, the media see their credibility and efficacy in tatters. The head of the FBI violated rules against public comment on pending investigations and interfering in an election. A national political party cast aside its most treasured principles to rally behind a candidate uniquely unqualified to serve as commander-in-chief. Dirty tricks exposed the nation to...

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