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.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013
CREW Calls on FEC to Investigate Checks and Balances for Economic Growth
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate whether Checks and Balances for Economic Growth (CBEG) violated campaign finance laws. The group, headed by Dan Perrin, spent at least $896,290 in October 2012 to run two political advertisements in Ohio attacking President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) just before the election, but failed to file any of the required disclosure reports with the FEC for the ads.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
CREW and Former Cong. Candidate Dr. David Gill Sue IRS Over Tax Loophole for Dark Money Groups
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and former congressional candidate Dr. David Gill filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for flouting a federal law barring 501(c)(4) organizations from engaging in political activity. Groups such as the American Action Network (AAN) have relied on an IRS-created tax loophole to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on electioneering activity without disclosing their donors.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
January's Scoundrel of the Month: Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can’t filibuster this vote: After thwarting a far-reaching proposal to reform Senate rules, and then bragging about it, the minority leader is your choice for January’s Scoundrel of the Month.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
CREW Releases New Report on Increased NFL Lobbying Activity in Washington
In anticipation of the Super Bowl, today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its latest report, Defensive Game , which examines patterns in lobbying spending by both the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA). CREW’s research shows that over the past five years, the NFL has been on the defensive, beefing up its lobbying team and creating its first political action committee (PAC) in light of increased congressional interest in player safety, drug testing, and labor issues.
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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
CREW Files DOJ, FEC Complaints Against Payday Lender for Illegal Conduit Contribution to Super PAC
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Sherry L. Huff, Carey Vaughn Brown, several companies in Mr. Brown’s Internet payday lending empire, and the Republican Union PAC regarding a $1 million “conduit” contribution. Ms. Huff, an employee of Mr. Brown, appears to have made the $1 million contribution to the Republican Union PAC for Mr. Brown or one of his many companies. Read CREW's complaints:
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
CREW to Government: Make Ethics a Priority
Today, CREW called on both House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to ensure that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) continues its operations in the 113th Congress without interruption by reactivating the agency and quickly appointing new board members. Read the letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi
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Thursday, December 06, 2012
CREW Congratulates November's Scoundrel of the Month: Crossroads GPS
Karl Rove and his dark money minions at Crossroads GPS suffered a series of expensive defeats on Election Day, but thanks to your votes the group is taking home a small consolation prize as November’s Scoundrel of the Month. Although Crossroads GPS has a long history of playing fast and loose with election rules, even we were shocked by how brazenly the group violated campaign finance law when soliciting donations to fund ads for specific races.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
CREW Calls for Investigation of Secret EPA Email Accounts
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General (IG) Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. to investigate whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and other EPA employees established alias email accounts and are using private email accounts to conduct official business.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
CREW Files FEC Complaint Against Crossroads GPS for Failing to Disclose Donors
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against Crossroads GPS for violating federal election law by failing to disclose the identities of contributors who — according to Karl Rove — donated $6 million specifically to fund independent expenditures in the Ohio Senate race. Additionally, Crossroads GPS also broke the law by soliciting donations to be spent on the Virginia, Montana, and Nevada Senate races, but failed to disclose the donors.
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Thursday, November 01, 2012
CREW Releases New Report Detailing Web Tracking in Politics
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its latest report, Web Crawlers: How Candidates and Political Groups Track You Online . New research by CREW found visitors to the websites of the presidential candidates, party committees, and top-spending outside groups in 2012 are being tagged by dozens of sophisticat
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