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Tim Carney
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  • Washington Examiner
    Senior Political Columnist, 2009 - present
  • American Enterprise Institute
    Visiting Fellow, 2012 - present
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Senior Political Columnist, Washington Examiner; Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; Author "The Big Ripoff" and "Obamanomics"

Ideological Disclosure
Last updated June 26, 2014

In case it doesn't come through in my writing, here's what I believe:

I'm a Catholic, and I like to consider myself an orthodox Catholic. My wife and I try to raise our kids according to Catholic teaching.

I describe myself as both conservative and libertarian. Some people object to one or the other labels applying to me. I have described my political prescriptions as "free-market populism" and "libertarian populism."

The political argument on which I spend the most time, energy, and thought is that big government--in the form of regulations, subsidies, mandates, et cetera--frequently benefits the big and politically connected, hurting consumers, small competitors, and taxpayers. Folks often describe my beat as battling "corporate welfare," and "crony capitalism." This is the subject of both of my books.

Financial Disclosure
Last updated March 6, 2015

My full-time employer is the Washington Examiner. The Examiner is owned by Clarity Media, which is owned by Philip Anschutz.

My secondary employer is the American Enterprise Institute, where I am a visiting fellow. I understand AEI to be funded by corporations, individuals, and foundations. I play no role in fundraising. I have spoken to representatives of non-profit foundations that donate, but never with corporate donors.

Here, to the best of my knowledge, are all the other organizations that have paid me or provided me paid travel or lodging in the past twelve months or with whom I currently have an agreement to do work:

Federalist Society, speaker. I speak on religious liberty, regulation, lobbying, the revolving door, corruption, the law, and growth at Federalist Society student chapters. Some of my speaking in past years has been part of a series sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. I don’t know anything else about FedSoc’s funding. Federalist Society pays me an honorarium and reimburses travel costs.

National Journalism Center speaker. I speak to NJC interns about reporting and opinion writing. NJC is a project of Young America’s Foundation. I don’t know anything about YAF’s or NJC’s funding. 

Regnery Publishing author. I earn royalties from my 2009 book, Obamanomics. Regnery is a division of Eagle Publishing, which was recently acquired by Salem Communications. 

Intercollegiate Studies Institute speaker. I earn speaking fees for speaking to and debating before college students. I was also paid for an article I contributed. For my out-of-town speeches, ISI also covers my travel and lodging, including meals. I know nothing about ISI's funding.

Reason Magazine freelance contributor. I have written three magazine pieces for Reason, for pay. I think Reason is funded by the Reason Foundation, and I know nothing about the Foundation's donors.

Philanthropy Roundtable freelance contributor. I have written a paid piece for Philanthropy magazine. I know nothing of the organization's funding.

Mercatus Center, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University. I spoke at a conference hosted by the Mercatus Center and the Institute for Humane Studies in March 2014. Mercatus paid me for the speech, and covered my travel and lodging, including meals, at the retreat. I also was paid to speak to Mercatus interns, and I have attended a small dinner hosted by Mercatus in D.C. I am scheduled to speak at an IHS event in May. The only thing I know about Mercatus Center funding is that the Charles Koch Foundation is a donor, but I'm told their funding base is far broader.

Hillsdale College, I presented a paper at a Hillsdale-sponsored conference in October 2014. Hillsdale paid me for my participation in the conference, and covered my travel and lodging to the conference.

Mackinac Center, The free-market think tank in Michigan has invited me to speak there in April. They will pay me and cover my travel expenses. I know nothing of Mackinac's funding.

Foundation for Government Accountability: I spoke, for pay, at an event organized by FGA. They also covered my travel expenses. I know nothing of the group's funding. 

Taliesin Nexus: A non-profit in Hollywood paid me to speak to a "Liberty Lab" meeting, addressing a handful of filmmakers about the revolving door and regulatory robbery. 

Meals, et cetera: I attend for free many widely-attended events, such as receptions. Below are the non-widely-attended events I've attended, plus those for which I received any special discount or complimentary ticket:

I spoke at a January retreat for members of Congress hosted by the Heritage Foundation. They provided dinner, lodging, and a rental car. In February, I attended a dinner discussion hosted by Heritage. I attended the Red Mass brunch with a friend from Sidley Austin law firm, and sat at a table bought by Sidley Austin. I attended the Media Research Center Dinner and sat at a table bought by Foster Friess. I have accepted complimentary dinner tickets from the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center. I ate a lunch provided by the Heritage Foundation in two press gaggles (both with Bobby Jindal). The Cato Institute paid for my lunch (like one of the Heritage lunches, this was Chick-Fil-A) at a meeting on Capitol Hill. 

Investments, Liabilities, etc...

I do not own securities in any individual companies, industries, or commodities. All of my investments (retirement accounts with Vanguard and Great West [plus some money stuck with Charles Schwab and Scottrade]) are in broad-based mutual funds, such as index funds -- mostly stocks, but also U.S. Treasury funds. A little bit of my HSA money, through JPMorgan Chase, is invested in a JP Morgan mutual fund. I have life insurance with USAA, and employer-sponsored health insurance with Cigna.

My home mortgage is with Wells Fargo, and we still own our previous house as landlords (Wells Fargo is the lender there). My college loan (which will be paid off shortly before my 39th birthday) is with Navient, a spinoff of Sallie Mae. These are my only debts.

I received less than $500 in interest income this year from my bank accounts.


My wife's labor--raising a husband and five kids, and keeping a home--is all unremunerated. For her toil, she is paid in love, and probably many years off of purgatory.

My brother John writes columns on finance for the Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" page. My brother Brian manages corporate communications for Rivada Networks, a telecom company dealing in wireless broadband; for this reason, I try to avoid writing about wireless spectrum issues. My brother Mike is a lawyer at a small firm in Louisiana, focusing on elder law. 

My father is a self-employed lawyer in New York, and my mother is his paralegal/secretary/boss/wife. I know nothing of their current clients or cases.

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    Liberal Arts, 1996 - 2000
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Is this the Tim Carney with the washington examiner? I'd guess so regarding these posts all to articles you've written. I say post a picture and make yourself known, I think you'd have lots of support on Google+ .... especially after the crazy outburst by Tamron Hall.
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