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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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
CREW Files DOJ, FEC Complaints Against Payday Lender for Illegal Conduit Contribution to Super PAC
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Sherry L. Huff, Carey Vaughn Brown, several companies in Mr. Brown’s Internet payday lending empire, and the Republican Union PAC regarding a $1 million “conduit” contribution. Ms. Huff, an employee of Mr. Brown, appears to have made the $1 million contribution to the Republican Union PAC for Mr. Brown or one of his many companies. Read CREW's complaints:
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
CREW to Government: Make Ethics a Priority
Today, CREW called on both House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to ensure that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) continues its operations in the 113th Congress without interruption by reactivating the agency and quickly appointing new board members. Read the letter to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi
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Thursday, December 06, 2012
CREW Congratulates November's Scoundrel of the Month: Crossroads GPS
Karl Rove and his dark money minions at Crossroads GPS suffered a series of expensive defeats on Election Day, but thanks to your votes the group is taking home a small consolation prize as November’s Scoundrel of the Month. Although Crossroads GPS has a long history of playing fast and loose with election rules, even we were shocked by how brazenly the group violated campaign finance law when soliciting donations to fund ads for specific races.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
CREW Calls for Investigation of Secret EPA Email Accounts
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Inspector General (IG) Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. to investigate whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and other EPA employees established alias email accounts and are using private email accounts to conduct official business.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012
CREW Files FEC Complaint Against Crossroads GPS for Failing to Disclose Donors
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) against Crossroads GPS for violating federal election law by failing to disclose the identities of contributors who — according to Karl Rove — donated $6 million specifically to fund independent expenditures in the Ohio Senate race. Additionally, Crossroads GPS also broke the law by soliciting donations to be spent on the Virginia, Montana, and Nevada Senate races, but failed to disclose the donors.
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Thursday, November 01, 2012
CREW Releases New Report Detailing Web Tracking in Politics
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its latest report, Web Crawlers: How Candidates and Political Groups Track You Online . New research by CREW found visitors to the websites of the presidential candidates, party committees, and top-spending outside groups in 2012 are being tagged by dozens of sophisticat
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Tuesday, October 09, 2012
CREW Files FEC Complaint Against Murray Energy Corporation and CEO Robert Murray
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against the Murray Energy Corporation, the Murray Energy Corporation PAC, and the company’s Chairman, President, and CEO Robert E. Murray, following a report that appeared in the October 4, 2012 issue of The New Republic. The complaint alleges Mr.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
CREW Statement on DC Circuit Court Decision to Allow Dark Money
Today the D.C. Circuit Court issued a wrong-headed decision in what is becoming a long litany of flawed court opinions that ignore legislative intent and keep voters in the dark. The three-judge panel overturned a lower federal court’s ruling in Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission , which ruled that the FEC improperly narrowed the scope of McCain-Feingold’s donor disclosure requirements.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
CREW Names the 12 Most Corrupt Members of Congress; Eight More Earn Dishonorable Mentions
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its annual Most Corrupt Members of Congress report, which takes a bipartisan look at Washington’s worst. Members on this year’s list engaged in misconduct ranging from misusing congressional staff to orchestrating and accepting illegal campaign contributions, and even using campaign donations for personal expenses. In this year’s report, 12 members were named to the list, while eight more garnered dishonorable mentions. Additionally, 11 of the 20 members are making their
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
CREW Calls on DOE Inspector General to Investigate Violations of Federal Records Law
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked Department of Energy (DOE) Inspector General (IG) Gregory H. Friedman to investigate whether DOE employees are purposefully using private email accounts for official business in order to shield the contents from the public and avoid having these messages captured by the department’s record keeping system.
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