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, January 24, 2011
CREW: Issa Must Release Letters Now, Not Later
In response to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's letter to Ranking Member Elijah Cummings promising to release on February 11th the letters he has received regarding needed regulatory reforms as well his analysis of those letters, CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan made the following statement:
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
CREW Demands Investigation into Wall Street Investors' Manipulation of Education Regulations for Financial Gain
Documents uncovered by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) through a lawsuit against the Department of Education show that Wall Street investors have been working with high-ranking Education officials to craft regulations, allowing them to net millions of dollars through the short sale of for-profit college stocks.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
CREW Again Asks Issa to Release Industry Response to Oversight Committee's Letters
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa asking that the committee immediately post all responses to letters he sent out to companies, trade groups, and research organizations requesting information on federal regulations that negatively impact the economy and jobs. Chairman Issa had requested all responses by January 10 th .
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
CREW Files Ethics Complaint Against Reps. Sessions and Fitzpatrick
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed an ethics complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) against Rep. Peter Sessions (R-TX) and Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) for blatant violations of House rules, federal law and the U.S. Constitution. CREW's complaint follows the revelation that both men skipped the swearing-in ceremony for the 112th Congress in favor of attending a fundraiser for Rep. Fitzpatrick.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
CREW Applauds Decision to Keep Office of Congressional Ethics
Today House Republicans unveiled a new rules package that, among other things, leaves intact the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) applauds the decision of incoming House Speaker John Boehner to maintain this non-partisan office, which provides one of the only viable options for investigating members of the House and making referrals to the House Ethics Committee.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
CREW: FEC Commissioners Are Actors Impersonating Public Servants
Despite being tasked with monitoring an election cycle in which $4 billion was spent, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) obtained penalties in only 34 cases, 86 percent fewer than in 2009. The toothless agency collected a paltry $860,000 in fines, a far cry from the $6.71 million in fines levied following the 2006 midterms. The troubling absence of enforcement has led Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) to suspect something more than incompetence may be involved.
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Monday, December 06, 2010
CREW’s Most Embarrassing Re-Elects 2010 (and a New Governor to Watch)
From a senator with an affinity for prostitutes, to the first congressman to face censure by the House of Representatives in 27 years, some rather embarrassing lawmakers skated to re-election, despite deplorable behaviour. Their exploits are highlighted in Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington's (CREW) new report, CREW's 2010 Most Embarrassing Re-elects (and a Governor to Watch) (
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
DOJ is Roadblock to Open Government
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder expressing concern over the Department of Justice's (DOJ) failure to abide by President Obama's commitment to government transparency and accountability. Despite policy directives from President Barack Obama and Attorney General Holder mandating a presumption of openness in administering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), DOJ continues to operate - as it did during the Bush administration -- under a presumption of secrecy, deliberately withholding informatio
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Monday, November 15, 2010
CREW Calls For Agriculture Official to Be Recused From Work on Regulations
Is a former trial lawyer turned government official making policy decisions at the Department of Agriculture that will serve his future personal financial interests? It is a question Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is asking the department's general counsel to investigate after learning that J. Dudley Butler, the Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, has boasted about putting in place regulations that make it easier to sue meat and poultry companies.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010
CREW Exposes Roots of Shadowy Group Aiming to Influence Latino Voters
Powerful special-interest groups in Washington attempted to buy one of California's Senate seats this year, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) discovered. Today, as a result of an extensive investigation, CREW released new information about the network of conservatives behind American Principles in Action's (APIA) Latino outreach initiative. As a result of the Citizens United decision, despite spending significant money on the race, the group never had to disclose its donors.
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