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, October 26, 2010
Message to IRS: Enforce Laws Against Tax Exempt Religious Groups Engaged in Partisan Politics
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate whether voter guide/legislative scorecards distributed by the Pray in the Jesus Name Project violate federal tax code. The project, affiliated with Persuade the World Ministries, has put out voter guides for all 50 states, rating politicians as "Anti-Jesus" or "faith friendly." Surprisingly, politicians involved in sex scandals, such as Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and David Vitter (R-LA) are rated as 100% "faith friendly."
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Publice Has a Right to Know What Tom Delay Did and How He Got Away with It
Why did disgraced former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX) never face federal prosecution? The public has a right to know, but the Department of Justice isn’t telling. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting all documents and communications related to the five year investigation into the former Texas lawmaker and his associates. Mr.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
CREW: 26 Sitting Lawmakers Corrupting the Halls of Congress
Corrupt lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are polluting the United States Capitol. These members highlight the need for increased oversight by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), including expanding its reach to the Senate. Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released The Most Corrupt Members of Congress: Unfinished Business (.pdf), highlighting the urgent need for active ethics enforcement in Congress.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010
CREW: No Need to Punt to the IRS, Senate Finance Committee Should Investigate Groups Influencing Elections
With airwaves across the country flooded with political advertisements, today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Senator Max Baucus requesting he and the Senate Finance Committee investigate how so many 501(c)(4) groups seem to be circumventing tax law in an attempt to influence the upcoming elections. Senator Baucus himself has already recognized the potential problem, asking for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate.
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Thursday, September 30, 2010
CREW: FOIA Workers Need Reinforcements
Today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report detailing the state of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) under the Obama administration based on the results of a survey CREW conducted of hundreds of FOIA professionals in the federal government. The survey results reveal a wide range of concerns, from political interference in the processing of FOIA requests to a lack of training for staff. Survey respondents identified lack of staffing and lack of funding as the biggest impediments to implementing the FOIA at their agencies.
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Monday, September 20, 2010
CREW Calls For Federal Criminal Investigation Into Christine O’Donnell for Campaign Finance Fraud
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against newly-minted Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) for using campaign funds for personal living expenses.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
CREW: 11 of America's Most Crooked Candidates Moving On to the General Election
11 of the most rotten candidates in America have survived primary season, and will be moving on to the general election.
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
CREW Welcomes James Traficant to the List of America's Most Crooked Candidates
Being a convicted felon ought to disqualify someone from being elected to Congress; unfortunately it doesn't. When a convicted crook like James Traficant (I-Ohio) runs for Congress, it does, however, unquestionably qualify him to join the Wall of Shame that is America's Most Crooked Candidates .
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Monday, August 30, 2010
CREW: Bush White House Ignored Warnings About Email
Just how far did the Bush White House go to hide its actions from the American people? A new report released today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), " The Untold Story of the Bush White House Emails ," attempts to answer the question by providing a wealth of details regarding the Bush White House's failure to prevent millions of emails from vanishing forever.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
DeLay Must Answer for His Crimes
In response to the Justice Department’s decision not to prosecute disgraced former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan released the following statement:
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