For Immediate Release

CREW Releases List of Top Ten Ethics Scandals of 2008

WASHINGTON - Today, in light of another year rife with corruption, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report on the Top Ten Ethics Scandals of 2008. There is no ranking of these activities, rather the following list outlines CREW's second annual study on the past year's on-going scandals:

• Unchecked Congressional Ethics

• No guarantee that Bush Administration Records will be Properly Archived

• Speech or Debate Clause

• The Pay-to-Play Congress

• Enriching Family with Campaign Cash

• Controversial Presidential Pardons

• VA Officials Intentionally Misdiagnosing PTSD

• Bailout Oversight

• Political Calculations Dictate Border Fence Placement

• A Politicized Bush Justice Department

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said today, "Once again, we are highlighting a scandal-filled year marred by unethical, illegal and just plain outrageous behavior by public officials. We can only hope that bringing these egregious activities to the American public's attention will lead to more accountability and less corruption in the year ahead."

The full report is available in the Related Documents.



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