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.

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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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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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