Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

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.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, January 23, 2017
CREW Sues Trump Over Emoluments
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is bringing a federal lawsuit to stop President Trump from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments. The lawsuit will be filed in the Southern District of New York when the court opens at 9 AM on...
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Friday, January 20, 2017
CREW Statement: Trump Now Violating Constitution
As Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45 th President of the United States, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Noah Bookbinder released the following statement: “Now that he has taken the oath of office, President Trump stands in violation of the...
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Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Statement on House GOP Vote to Gut Office of Congressional Ethics
In response to the House Republicans vote to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) and kill its independence, Norman Eisen and Richard Painter, Chair and Vice Chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), released the following statement: “Undermining the...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
CREW Sues EPA for Documents Regarding 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last May, following a Reuters article describing how the Carlyle...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
CREW Releases Report Showing Committee Leaders More Reliant on Regulated Industries
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report finding committee chairmen and ranking members in the House of Representatives increasingly rely on the industries they regulate for campaign contributions, amid a shift in industry money away from Democrats and toward Republicans following the change in partisan control of the House after the 2010 elections.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
CREW Names 13 Most Corrupt Members of Congress
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, which takes a bipartisan look at Washington’s worst. Members on this year’s list engaged in misconduct ranging from collecting illegal campaign contributions to accepting improper gifts and loans, and even using campaign funds for personal expenses. In this year’s report, 13 members were named to the list, while 4 more garnered dishonorable mentions.
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Monday, July 29, 2013
CREW Calls On DOJ to Investigate DNI Clapper For Lying to Congress
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. for lying to Congress. Contrary to what Director Clapper told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the National Security Agency (NSA) does, in fact, collect data on Americans, as documents disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden demonstrate.
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
CREW Names the Worst Governnors in America
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its second report examining shady and unethical conduct by the nation’s governors. In compiling the latest edition of its Worst Governors in America report, CREW reviewed the job performance of the governors of all 50 states before identifying the 18 worst. While laws related to ethics, open records, financial disclosure, and campaign finance vary greatly from state to state, CREW found these governors’ actions troubling by any standard.
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
CREW Congratulates May’s Scoundrel of the Month: Sen. Mitch McConnell
The scandal surrounding the IRS last month provoked bipartisan outrage, but a few members of Congress couldn’t resist the opportunity to spin the news to suit their own political agendas. In a particularly brazen take, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tied the inappropriate targeting of conservative groups to the effort to pass the DISCLOSE Act, leading CREW’s voters to once again crown him Scoundrel of the Month.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
CREW Sues IRS to Revise Rules Governing 501(C)(4) Groups
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in United States District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the agency to initiate a rulemaking procedure to address serious conflicts between the Tax Code’s requirements for section 501(c)(4) groups and implementing IRS regulations. Current IRS regulations grant tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the Tax Code to groups “primarily engaged” in promoting social welfare. The tax laws, however, require such groups to be
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