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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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
CREW Sues Department of Justice Over Tom DeLay Documents
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed suit in federal district court against the Department of Justice (DOJ) for failing to provide records related to the government’s investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX). On October 19, 2010, CREW filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with DOJ and the FBI for records related to the investigation of the relationship between the disgraced former Texas lawmaker
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
CREW Finds Payday Lending Industry Still Paying Up
Today, as millions of Americans receive paychecks, they remain vulnerable to the abusive practices of payday lenders. New research released by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) shows the industry has continued to ramp up spending on lobbying and campaign contributions to prevent federal regulation of payday loans. CREW found spending surged as Congress stepped up financial regulatory reform efforts as it worked to pass Dodd-Frank last year.
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Tuesday, March 08, 2011
CREW Asks IRS to Investigate the American Action Network
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate whether the American Action Network (AAN) has violated tax law. While AAN - chaired by former Republican Senator Norm Coleman - is organized as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, it spent tens of millions of dollars persuading Americans to vote against Democratic congressional candidates in the 2010 elections.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
CREW Provides SEC New Information about Short-sellers’ Efforts to Shape Education Regulations
Today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent letters to the Director of Enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan to share records CREW obtained through its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against Education. These documents show high-level Education officials colluded with Wall Street short-sellers, improperly leaking the contents of highly controversial gainful employment regulations in advance of their publication.
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Monday, February 14, 2011
CREW: Dietary Supplement Industry Bombards Congress With Cash, then Gets Its Way
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released research demonstrating that the dietary supplement industry spent millions of dollars on well-connected lobbyists and made numerous campaign contributions to successfully thwart increased regulatory oversight of supplements. Read CREW's report here .
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
CREW: The Capitol Is Not a Frat House
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to investigate whether members of Congress who sleep in their offices are violating House rules. CREW also asked the OCE to determine whether these members are violating tax law by failing to report lodging as a taxable fringe benefit. Press reports indicate that at least 33 members - 26 Republicans and 7 Democrats - have turned their offices into dorm rooms.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
CREW Calls for Investigation Into Possible Market Manipulation by Wall Street
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to investigate whether certain Wall Street investors have been illegally manipulating the market price of for-profit education stocks. In a letter to SEC Director of Enforcement Robert Khuzami, CREW specifically highlighted the efforts by several short-sellers to help shape national education policy by injecting themselves into the agency's regulatory process for the apparent purpose of personal financial benefit. http://citizensforethics.org/f
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Tuesday, February 01, 2011
CREW Asks IRS To Investigate The American Future Fund
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate whether the American Future Fund (AFF) has violated tax law.
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Monday, January 31, 2011
CREW Uncovers 33 Letters to Issa; 10 Groups Refuse to Share
In less than a week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has been able to gather and post 33 letters Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) received from corporations, trade groups and research organizations. In December, Rep. Issa, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent letters to more than 150 groups, allegedly to identify federal regulations that negatively impact the economy and jobs. Rep.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
CREW: House Votes to Give Big Donors More Influence Over Elections
Today, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the public financing of campaigns. In response to the vote, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan issued the following statement:
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