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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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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Friday, May 17, 2013
In Lawsuit Against IRS, CREW Continues Battle to Close 501(C)(4) Loophole
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a brief in Gill v. Dep’t of the Treasury , responding to the IRS’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of standing. This lawsuit, brought by CREW, former Illinois congressional candidate Dr. David Gill, and his campaign committee, challenges an IRS regulation allowing 501(c)(4) organizations to be “primarily engaged” in promoting social welfare, while the Tax Code dictates such groups be “operated exclusively” for social welfare purposes.
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Monday, May 13, 2013
CREW Releases Report Examining the Influence of High Frequency Traders in Washington
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report, Rise of the Machines , detailing the growing political influence of high frequency traders in the nation’s capital. High frequency trading, a complicated and controversial method of securities trading, has begun drawing scrutiny from government regulators, prompting skyrocketing lobbying spending and campaign contributions by the industry.
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Monday, May 06, 2013
FCC Rejects CREW's Petition, but Leaves Door Open to Future Action Against News Corp.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected CREW’s petition to deny the renewals of three Fox television broadcast licenses for failing to meet the character requirement the Communications Act imposes on all broadcast licensees. CREW filed its petition last August based on the extensive evidence of misconduct by Rupert Murdoch a
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Tuesday, April 09, 2013
CREW Calls on IRS to Amend Rule Allowing Social Welfare Groups to Engage in Political Activity
Following up on its lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a rulemaking petition with the agency seeking a revision to existing regulations to eliminate a glaring loophole that allows certain tax-exempt groups to engage in substantial political activity while keeping the identities of their donors secret. Current IRS regulations grant tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the Tax Code to groups with a “primary purpose” of promoting social welfare. The tax laws, however, requir
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