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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW)


Self Description

August 2004: "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington focuses on government: officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests. We will help Americans use litigation to shine a light on those who betray the public trust:

  • If a public official misuses his position to demand campaign contributions, CREW will find creative ways to seek civil remedies.
  • If a witness is threatened or punished because she reported official misconduct, CREW will fight back on behalf of the witness including representing that individual in court if necessary.
  • If a government agency withholds information to which the public is entitled, CREW will go to court to enforce legal rules regarding disclosure.
  • If a group libels an honest public servant, CREW will help the victim defend his reputation...
  • " http://www.citizensforethics.org/about/index.php

    Third-Party Descriptions

    September 2016: 'The court’s other overriding concern in McDonnell was the prospect of overzealous prosecutors going after federal officials for vaguely defined offenses. The court wanted nothing to do with involving “the Federal Government in setting standards of good government for local and state officials.” In that it may have succeeded. Although there has been a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service by watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and Massachusetts lawyer Whitfield Larrabee filed state ethics complaints against Bondi in connection with the donation, the point of McDonnell was to chill prosecution of officials for simple acts of taking big gifts in exchange for ambiguous favors. The court may have logged a win here. Not only did it scuttle the old corruption test in favor of a new, unnamed corruption test, but it chilled prosecutors from prosecuting. The court moved the goal posts and then hobbled the prosecutors. Bondi is the real winner.'

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2016/09/why_donald_trump_and_pam_bondi_probably_won_t_face_a_corruption_investigation.html

    June 2011: "Scott Hatch and Jack Martin, a former Hatch aide, and four other onetime aides who have worked at lobbying firms have earned at least $3.9 million in fees in the last five years representing the industry, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. (Mr. Hatch’s office says his son does not lobby his father, leaving any contact between their offices up to Mr. Martin.)"

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/us/politics/21hatch.html

    February 2010: "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog group, called on the Justice Department to launch a criminal inquiry into the recently disclosed disappearance of the e-mail messages, which could violate the Federal Records Act. The National Archives also asked why it had not been notified about the missing messages before the ethics report's release late last week."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/26/AR2010022603765.html

    September 2009: "Mr. Obama reversed decades of precedent to settle four Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the government filed by the public interest group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, known by its initials, CREW, which sued to obtain records of White House visitors. Mr. Obama promised greater transparency as a candidate last year and opted to drop the fight against the suits in favor of the new policy."

    http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/09/04/the-white-house-will-disclose-visitor-logs/

    July 2009: "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics said it would file suit against the Obama administration as early as today. The group already has sued the administration over its failure to release details about visits from coal industry executives."

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-healthcare-talks22-2009jul22,0,7434392.story

    August 2007: 'On Tuesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee, asking that [Senator Craig's] conduct be investigated. The group, which largely targets Republicans, asked the committee to probe whether Craig "violated the Senate Rules of Conduct by engaging in disorderly conduct," a statement said.'

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/08/28/craig.arrest/index.html

    December 2008: 'The National Security Archive, a historical research group, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government, a nonprofit watchdog organization, filed lawsuits in September 2007 to compel the White House to preserve backup e-mail tapes. In November 2007, U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. ordered White House officials to preserve such tapes and "not transfer said media out of their custody or control without leave of this court."'

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/20/AR2008122002102.html

    July 2008: "House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington separately have called for an ethics investigation into the congressman's fundraising for the Rangel Center. The group also plans to ask the ethics committee and the Federal Election Commission to investigate Rangel's apartment rentals. Another group, the National Legal and Policy Center, also has asked the FEC to investigate."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/17/AR2008071701752.html

    July 2008: "The appeals court conclusion arose from a ruling Dec. 17 by Federal District Judge Royce C. Lamberth in a suit brought by a left-leaning watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which has been trying to determine how often several conservative religious leaders entered the White House during the Bush administration."

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/11/washington/11cnd-visitors.html

    November 2007: John P. Higgins Jr., the inspector general, said he would review the matter after a group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, detailed at least $1 million in spending from the No Child Left Behind program by school districts in Texas, Florida and Nevada to buy products made by Mr. [Neil] Bush’s company, Ignite Learning of Austin, Tex. Mr. Higgins stated his plans in a letter to the group sent last week.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/07/washington/07neil.html

    April 2007: The latest comments were a response to a new report from a liberal watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), alleging that over a two-year period official White House e-mail traffic for hundreds of days has vanished -- in possible violation of the federal Presidential Records Act. (Watch CREW's comments on the missing messagesVideo)

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/13/white.house.email/index.html

    December 2006: 'It sounds like DeLay Inc.,' said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the Democratic-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, referring to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), who set up his own charities that became the focus of attention by businesses and lobbyists seeking to curry favor with him.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/24/AR2006122400919.html

    February 2005: DeLay's defense fund continues to operate, aides said. Public Citizen found that the DeLay Legal Expense Trust had collected $1 million from its inception in 2000 through the end of last year. Of that, $352,000 was from members of Congress and their political action committees, and $646,721 consisted of corporate money and donations from individuals and ideological organizations. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a coalition of eight government watchdog groups, said the donations suggest the lawmakers are there to serve as "Mr. DeLay's defenders."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58884-2005Feb2.html

    Relationships

    RoleNameTypeLast Updated
    Supporter of (past or present) Opponent (past or present) Pres. Barack Hussein Obama Esq. Person Sep 5, 2009
    Opponent (past or present) Stephen Payne Person Sep 5, 2009
    Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Melanie Sloan Esq. Person Aug 1, 2004

    Articles and Resources

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    Sep 08, 2016 Why Donald Trump and Pam Bondi Probably Won’t Face a Corruption Investigation: The Supreme Court’s McDonnell decision seems to have put a chill on prosecutors.

    QUOTE: Why is a charity giving money to aid a pol with whom the foundation’s head has pending legal business?....Reading through the court’s language in McDonnell, the easier hurdle is “official acts.” The justices were not certain that McDonnell’s various phone calls and luncheons represented official acts...

    Slate
    Jun 20, 2011 Support Is Mutual for Senator and Utah Industry

    QUOTE: [Sen. Hatch] was the chief author of a federal law enacted 17 years ago that allows companies to make general health claims about their products, but exempts them from federal reviews of their safety or effectiveness before they go to market.... Mr. Hatch has been rewarded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, political loyalty and corporate sponsorship of his favorite causes back home. His family and friends have benefited, too...

    New York Times
    Feb 27, 2010 Inquiry sought into disappearance of e-mails in interrogations case

    QUOTE: Senior Democratic lawmakers and watchdog groups demanded Friday that the Justice Department investigate the disappearance of e-mail messages written by Bush administration lawyers who drafted memos blessing harsh interrogation tactics, saying their absence cast doubt on an ethics report that cleared the lawyers of professional misconduct.

    Washington Post
    Oct 17, 2009 Congressional Ethics Inquiries Drag on, Despite Vows to End Corruption

    QUOTE: The record illustrates how Congress has struggled to police itself after years in which its ethics committees were often derided as ineffectual.

    New York Times
    Sep 03, 2009 The White House Will Disclose Visitor Logs

    QUOTE: President Obama announced on Friday that he will open up White House visitor logs on a regular basis for the first time in modern history, providing the public an unusually extensive look at who gets the opportunity to help shape American policy at the highest levels.

    New York Times
    Jul 22, 2009 White House declines to disclose visits by health industry executives

    QUOTE: Invoking an argument used by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has turned down a request from a watchdog group for a list of health industry executives who have visited the White House...

    Los Angeles Times
    Jul 21, 2009 TARP watchdog cites lack of transparency in Obama administration

    QUOTE: critics of the administration said that the White House has fallen short of its promises to run a more open government.

    Los Angeles Times
    Dec 21, 2008 Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer: Legal Battles, Technical Difficulties Delay Required Transfer to Archives

    QUOTE: the administration began trying only in recent months to recover from White House backup tapes hundreds of thousands of e-mails that were reported missing from readily accessible files in 2005. The risks that the transfer may be incomplete are also pointed up by a continuing legal battle between a coalition of historians and nonprofit groups over access to Vice President Cheney's records.

    Washington Post
    Jul 18, 2008 Congressman Seeks Ethics Probe of Fundraising: Money to Be Used for Center in His Name

    QUOTE: Some ethics experts have called the entreaties troubling because some of the corporations and individuals the New York Democrat has approached, including insurance giant American International Group, have business interests before his committee. The panel has broad jurisdiction over tax and trade matters.

    Washington Post
    Jul 11, 2008 Setback for White House on Visitor Logs

    QUOTE: The Bush administration was dealt a setback on Friday in its efforts to keep records of White House visitors under wraps when an appeals court refused to throw out a lawsuit seeking access to the material. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that it would be premature to consider reversal of a lower court ruling last December that the White House visitor logs were public records, and that the administration should stop withholding them from scrutiny by outside groups.

    New York Times
    Nov 07, 2007 Inquiry Set Into Purchases From Bush Brother’s Firm

    QUOTE: The inspector general of the Department of Education has said he will examine whether federal money was inappropriately used by three states to buy educational products from a company owned by Neil Bush, the president’s brother.

    New York Times
    Aug 28, 2007 Craig: I did nothing 'inappropriate' in the airport bathroom

    QUOTE: On Tuesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee, asking that the senator's conduct be investigated. The group, which largely targets Republicans, asked the committee to probe whether Craig "violated the Senate Rules of Conduct by engaging in disorderly conduct," a statement said.

    CNN (Cable News Network)
    Aug 23, 2007 White House Declares Office Off-Limits: Administrator of Missing E-Mails Not Subject to Open-Records Law, It Says

    QUOTE: The Bush administration argued in court papers this week that the White House Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act as part of its effort to fend off a civil lawsuit... [but] The claim... is at odds with a depiction of the office on the White House's own Web site.

    Washington Post
    Jul 24, 2007 House Passes Ban On Campaign Pay Going to Spouses

    QUOTE: The vote follows a study released last month by the liberal-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that found that nearly 100 chairmen and ranking minority members of House committees used their roles to benefit their families...

    Washington Post
    Jun 19, 2007 When Spending Is Relative: Lawmakers Look Out for Own

    QUOTE: A private government watchdog organization said yesterday that nearly 100 chairmen and ranking minority members of House committees used their positions to benefit their families, including employing relatives for campaign or consulting work.

    Washington Post
    Apr 29, 2007 Most Katrina Aid From Overseas Went Unclaimed

    QUOTE: Many of the U.S. diplomats who received the message, however, were beginning to witness a more embarrassing reality. They knew the U.S. government was turning down many allies' offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars. Eventually the United States also would fail to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina's victims.

    Washington Post
    Apr 13, 2007 White House: Millions of e-mails may be missing

    QUOTE: The latest comments were a response to a new report from a liberal watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), alleging that over a two-year period official White House e-mail traffic for hundreds of days has vanished -- in possible violation of the federal Presidential Records Act.

    CNN (Cable News Network)
    Dec 25, 2006 Nonprofit Connects Murtha, Lobbyists: Ties to Pa. Group Mutually Beneficial

    QUOTE: arrangement over the years has yielded millions of dollars in federal support for the contractors, businesses and universities, and hundreds of thousands in consulting and lobbying fees to Murtha's favored lobbying shops, according to Federal Election Commission records and lobbying disclosure forms. In turn, many of PAID's directors have kept Murtha's campaigns flush with cash.

    Washington Post
    Dec 01, 2006 Treasury Undersecretary's Dual Roles Raise Questions

    QUOTE: Robert K. Steel is a Washington oddity....Top federal executives customarily drop their nongovernmental posts to devote themselves to their time-consuming federal tasks and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest with their public responsibilities.

    Washington Post
    Jun 07, 2006 Retirement Account of DeLay's Wife Traced: With Disclosure, Family's Known Benefits From Ties With Lobbyist Exceed $490,000

    QUOTE: A registered lobbyist opened a retirement account in the late 1990s for the wife of then-House Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and contributed thousands of dollars to it while also paying her a salary to work for him from her home in Texas, according to sources, documents and DeLay's attorney, Richard Cullen.

    Washington Post

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