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

Newswire article
Thursday, March 22, 2012
CREW Released Report Revealing Representatives Abuse Position to Benefit Family Members
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its new report, Family Affair , detailing how members of the House of Representatives use their positions to financially benefit their families. In all, CREW found a shocking 248 House members used their positions to financially benefit themselves or family members.
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, March 19, 2012
Advocacy Groups Ask FTC to Investigate Anti-Competitive Practices of Vaccine Makers
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices (NLARx), the Campaign for America's Future (CAF), and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S.
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
CREW Files IRS Complain Against Americans for Tax Reform and Grover Norquist
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate whether Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and its president Grover Norquist violated federal law by filing a tax return that left out more than half the political activity ATR conducted in 2010. ATR disclosed more than $4.2 million in independent expenditures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), but asserted on its 2010 tax return that it spent only $1.85 million on political activities.
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
CREW Slams Cantor’s Sham STOCK Act and Calls for Open Conference
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) criticized House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for substituting a watered-down version of the STOCK Act in place of the strong version passed by the Senate last week. Nevertheless, CREW called on members to vote for passage of the bill and demanded an open conference where the bill can be repaired.
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
CREW Files FOIA Requests for Gingrich Ethics Investigation Records
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting documents turned over by the House Ethics Committee in regard to its investigation of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). The committee inquiry centered on Mr. Gingrich’s use of tax-exempt organizations for political purposes and he was ultimately sanctioned for making false statements to Congress.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, January 05, 2012
CREW Calls for Federal Investigation into Gingrich's Lobbying Activities
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the FBI to investigate Newt Gingrich and his Center for Health Transformation (CHT) for violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA). In 2003, the former speaker lobbied Congress to pass a controversial Medicare reform bill, but never registered as a lobbyist. Mr. Gingrich now claims neither he nor CHT did any lobbying and he was not required to register. This story is not supported by facts.
Read more
Newswire article
Monday, July 11, 2011
CREW Calls for Congressional Investigation into News Corp.
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on the House and Senate to investigate whether journalists working for Rupert Murdoch’s News International (NI), owned by News Corp., have hacked into the voicemail of Americans.
Read more
Newswire article
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against Speaker John Boehner for Violating Spending Laws to Defend DOMA
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for violating the Antideficiency Act. In violation of a law designed to stop government officials from overspending appropriations, Speaker Boehner directed the House Office of General Counsel (OGC) to sign a contract to pay an outside firm $500,000 to defend the highly controversial Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Read more
Newswire article
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
CREW Sues Dept. of Education for Stonewalling FOIA Process
Today CREW sued the Department of Education (DOE) for the third time after the agency refused to comply with yet another of CREW’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. In CREW v. Dep’t of Education (D.D.C.) , CREW is seeking copies of calendars and other meeting and appointment records for former Education Deputy Undersecretary Robert Shireman and current Deputy Undersecretary James Kvaal.
Read more
Newswire article
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Most Yoo Emails Won't Be Found
The public likely will never learn the full truth behind the controversial torture memos authored by John Yoo, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in the Department of Justice (DOJ). Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report revealing how few of Mr.
Read more

Pages