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, June 18, 2012
CREW and Others Call on AG Holder to Release Memo Justifying Killing of al-Awlaki
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and more than 25 other groups called on Attorney General Eric Holder to release the memo drafted by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) justifying the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Aetna Hides $7 Million in Political Spending; CREW Calls for Greater Disclosure
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Mark T. Bertolini, chairman, CEO, and president of the insurance giant Aetna, asking his company to stop using corporate funds to influence elections. This request follows an SNL Financial story revealing that Aetna has contributed more than $3.3 million to the American Action Network (AAN) and nearly $4.5 million to the Chamber of Commerce.
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Thursday, June 07, 2012
CREW Calls on FEC and IRS to Investigate American Action Network
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate whether the American Action Network (AAN) violated campaign finance and tax laws. The group, chaired by former Republican Senator Norm Coleman, spent millions of dollars during the 2010 election attempting to persuade Americans to vote against Democratic congressional candidates, but failed to both register as a political committee and file any required disclosure reports with the FEC. AAN also engaged in far greater political activity than is permitt
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Thursday, May 17, 2012
CREW Asks AG Holder to Clarify DOJ Position on FEC's Relevance
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. asking that the Department of Justice (DOJ) clarify its position as to when DOJ will prosecute criminal campaign finance violations.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
CREW Calls on House Leadership to Demand Resignation of Rep. Vern Buchanan
In the wake of the release of the report by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) last week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today called on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to demand Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) resign from Congress. Rep.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
CREW and Others Renew Call for Congress to Investigate Murdoch's FCC Licenses
With Congress back in session, today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) along with CREDO Action, Nell Minow of GMI Ratings, Public Citizen, and West Virginia Citizen Action Group sent a letter to the House and Senate Commerce Committees requesting hearings to determine whether Rupert and James Murdoch are of the requisite character to allow News Corp.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2012
CREW Calls for FCC to Revoke Mudoch's Broadcast Licenses
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski asking the FCC to revoke the 27 Fox broadcast licenses News Corp. holds in the United States. Under U.S. law, broadcast frequencies may be used only by people of good “character,” who will serve “the public interest,” and speak with “candor.” Significant character deficiencies may warrant disqualification from holding a license.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
CREW Renews Call for IRS, FEC to Investigate the Commission on Hope, Growth, Opportunity
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) again called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to investigate the Commission on Hope, Growth and Opportunity (CHGO), a phony tax-exempt group whose real work is partisan politics. CHGO claims to be exempt from taxes under a section of tax law meant to apply to organizations primarily engaged in “social welfare” activities. Yet in 2010, CHGO spent more than half its budget on political ads targeting candidates for the House of Representatives, directly viol
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Why Hasn't White House Responded to CREW Petition Requesting New Appointments to FEC
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and 11 other good government groups today reiterated their call on President Obama to fix the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by appointing new commissioners.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
CREW Luke Warm on STOCK Act
In response to President Obama signing the STOCK Act, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement: CREW applauds President Obama for pushing Congress to move on an issue that so clearly resonated with the public and for quickly signing the bill into law. Nevertheless, the version of the STOCK Act signed today is only a shadow of the strong bill initially passed by the Senate.
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