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, July 16, 2012
CREW and Others Call for Increased Disclosure of Political Spending by Insurance Companies
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other organizations called on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the regulatory organization for the insurance industry, to require insurance companies to disclose all political spending from corporate funds. Recent revelations, including the discovery that the insurance giant Aetna contributed more than $7 million to the American Action Network and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have underscored efforts by companies to illicitly influence the 2012 elections.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
CREW Calls for DOJ Invertigation Into Shor-Seller Shkreli
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Preet Bharara, U.S.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012
CREW Congratulates June's Scoundrel of the Month: Aetna
Americans call insurance companies a lot of names, but now Aetna can add a new one to its list: CREW’s Scoundrel of the Month. In June, CREW exposed Aetna’s more than $7 million in contributions to the American Action Network (AAN) and the U.S.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
CREW and Others Critical of White House Response to Request to Fix the FEC
Today, a broad coalition of civic groups led by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) wrote to President Obama regarding the White House’s lackluster response to the groups’ petition calling for him to nominate new commissioners to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
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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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