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Melanie Sloan Esq.

Self Description

December 2005: "Melanie Sloan serves as CREW's Executive Director. Prior to accepting this position, Ms. Sloan served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia, where, from 1998- early 2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries. Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan was Minority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee from 1995 to 1998. She worked directly with the Honorable John Conyers, the ranking member of the Committee, specializing in criminal enforcement issues, including the Independent Counsel law. Her responsibilities included drafting legislation and committee reports (minority views), writing speeches, and working with interest groups. She also assisted a working group of Members of Congress in developing and drafting a Democratic alternative to the Republican juvenile justice bill.

In 1994, Ms. Sloan was Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, working for then Representative Charles Schumer. There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the Violence Against Women Act, and worked on issues including the death penalty, mandatory minimum sentencing, and habeas corpus. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then Chairman, Senator Joe Biden, where she researched the backgrounds of nominees to high level Department of Justice positions and to the federal courts. Prior to serving Congress, she was an associate at Howrey and Simon in Washington, D.C. and at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal in Los Angeles, California. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Chicago and has published in the Yale Law and Policy Review, the Legal Times, and the Washington Post."

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2009: 'Melanie Sloan, the executive director of CREW, said Mr. Obama had proved that his rhetoric “was more than just a campaign promise” and that because of the new policy he “will have the most open White House in history.”'

July 2009: '"We think the record is mixed on transparency," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "They've promised more than they've delivered, and we've been disappointed. But it's seven months in, it's early, and we hope they can get it right."',0,4611786.story

April 2007: 'There is a lack of accountability in where the money comes in and where it goes,' said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the public interest group, which called for an investigation into the fate of foreign aid offers. She added: 'It's clear that they're trying to hide their ineptitude, incompetence and malfeasance.'

April 2007: 'This story is really now a two-part issue,' CREW's Melanie Sloan told CNN. 'First there's the use of the RNC e-mail server that's inappropriate by White House officials and secondly we've also learned that there were between March of 2003 and October of 2005 apparently over 5 million e-mail that were not preserved and these are e-mail on the regular White House server.'

December 2006: Melanie Sloan, executive director of the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, agreed. 'The concept of having a government job is that you work only on behalf of the American people, and being a trustee creates a divided loyalty,' she said.

December 2005: 'No matter what level of corruption the members of Congress engage in, the ethics committees do nothing,' agreed Melanie Sloan, executive director of the liberal-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. 'It's a national embarrassment.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) Organization Aug 1, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Justice Department/Department of Justice (DOJ) Organization Dec 7, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) US House of Representatives Organization Dec 7, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Chicago Organization Dec 7, 2005
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Esq. Person Dec 7, 2005
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Representative John Conyers Jr. Person Dec 7, 2005
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Sen. Charles "Chuck" E. Schumer Esq. Person Dec 7, 2005

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
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 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
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 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
Dec 05, 2005 In a Season of Scandals, Ethics Panels Are on Sidelines

QUOTE: The House ethics committee, the panel responsible for upholding the chamber's ethics code, has been virtually moribund for the past year, handling only routine business despite a wave of federal investigations into close and potentially illegal relationships between lawmakers and lobbyists.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2004 Ethics Group Seeks Inquiry on Nader Arrangement Between Campaign and Charity Is Questioned

QUOTE: An ethics watchdog group asked the Federal Election Commission and the Internal Revenue Service yesterday to investigate an arrangement between Ralph Nader's presidential campaign and a charity that he created.

Washington Post