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November 9, 2010
2:43 PM


Adam M. Ratliff // 202.408.5565

CREW Exposes Roots of Shadowy Group Aiming to Influence Latino Voters

WASHINGTON - November 9 - Powerful special-interest groups in Washington attempted to buy one of California's Senate seats this year, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) discovered.  Today, as a result of an extensive investigation, CREW released new information about the network of conservatives behind American Principles in Action's (APIA) Latino outreach initiative. As a result of the Citizens United decision, despite spending significant money on the race, the group never had to disclose its donors.

"The Citizens United decision is allowing obscure interest groups like APIA to create the illusion of a grassroots movement," said Melanie Sloan, CREW Executive Director.  "This is straight out of Hollywood.  60 years ago, the Wizard of Oz told Dorothy not to pay any attention to the man behind the curtain, and now some of the richest people in America are asking us to do the same."

Created by conservative activist Robert George, APIA and its affiliate, the  American Principles Project, has been involved in campaigns against same-sex marriage, sex education and immigration reforms. The group's key players have a history of creating grassroots campaigns behind social initiatives like California's initiative against gay marriage, while refusing to reveal who is footing the bill. In fact, APIA even went to court in Maine to avoid complying with state campaign finance disclosure laws - part of a pattern of evasiveness that CREW's research discovered.

APIA is based in Washington DC, and shares several leaders and the street address of a lobbying and public affairs firm with ties to many other conservative groups with connections to Mr. George.

"If Mr. George or Beltway activists have a problem with a candidate, they should come out and say so instead of hiding in the shadows and letting their money do the talking," said Ms. Sloan.  "The American people have a right to know who is funding the groups influencing elections."

CLICK HERE to read CREW's report on American Principles in Action.


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.


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