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, August 09, 2010
CREW Statement on the Case Against Congresswoman Maxine Waters
In response to the House Ethics Committee's release of the charges against Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Executive Director Melanie Sloan released the following statement:
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Friday, July 23, 2010
CREW Seeks Records of Talks Between Ed. Dept. Officials and Advocates of Tigher Regulation of For-Profit Education Industry
Today CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Education seeking records of communications between Education officials and individuals and entities prominent in the for-profit education industry and individuals who may have publically criticized the industry for personal financial gain.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
CREW Asks Senate Help Committee to Question Motives of Critics of For-Profit Education Industry
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ("HELP"), asking the committee to consider the financial motives of critics of the for-profit education industry.
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Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Are Doctors Giving Patients the Best Vaccines or the Vaccines with the Best Price?
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking for an antitrust investigation into drug companies that offer significant discounts to doctors for providing patients with only that company's vaccines. CREW sent its letter after learning that Sanofi Pasteur and Merck require physician healthcare groups purchasing their vaccines to enter into contracts prohibiting them from purchasing vaccines made by other companies.
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Friday, July 02, 2010
CREW Criticizes Witness Profiting from Senate Testimony
Yesterday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, asking the Committee to consider changes to its rules and practices regarding witnesses invited to testify at committee hearings. On June 24th, Steven Eisman, a portfolio manager of a hedge fund known to short-sale stocks in for-profit education companies, testified before the committee.
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Monday, June 28, 2010
CREW Asks for Congressional Investigation Into White House Violations of Federal Records Laws
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate and hold hearings on the extent to which White House staff violated the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and Federal Records Act (FRA) by using private email accounts in exchanges with lobbyists and by holding meetings with lobbyists outside of the White House. CREW has been involved in litigation against the Bush and Obama White Houses concerning both the preservation of electronic records and White House visitor logs.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
CREW Asks South Carolina AG to Investigate Whether Alvin Greene was Induced to Run and Files Complaint with FEC
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), took two significant actions against the questionable Democratic candidate for South Carolina Senate, Alvin Greene. In a letter to South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, CREW asked for an investigation into whether Mr. Greene was induced to run for the Senate in violation of South Carolina law.
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Monday, June 14, 2010
New Info in CREW Lawsuit Reveals 89.4% of Bush-Era Emails Were Never Archived
Last Friday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the National Security Archive (the Archive) sent another follow-up letter to Archivist David S. Ferriero with the final results of a comparison the White House conducted between archived emails of the Bush administration for 21 non-consecutive days and the emails restored from backup tapes for those same days.
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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
CREW Files FOIA Request with US Coast Guard to Determine Extent to Which Government was Prepared for Massive Oil Spill
Today CREW sent a FOIA request to the U.S. Coast Guard seeking documents concerning training exercises and other studies and assessments the Coast Guard has conducted or participated in to prepare for an oil spill of national significance. CREW is also seeking documents pertaining to Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Teams and their efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Monday, June 07, 2010
CREW Asks HHS IG to Investigate Tobacco Panel's Conflicts of Interest
Earlier today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent a letter to the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking for an investigation into two appointments made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). The two members, Drs. Neal Benowitz and Jack Henningfield, have financial conflicts of interest based on their ties to pharmaceutical companies that make smoking cessation products.
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