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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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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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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