So-Called 'Non-Partisan' CREW Is Quite the Opposite
Citizens for Responsibiliy and Ethics in Washington (CREW) Think Only Republicans Need Watching
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As non-partisan organizations go, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) does a horrible job pretending they are. Since their 2003 inception, they have largely targeted conservative and Republican candidates and groups – likely based on donor relations connected with the Democrat Party.
Roll Call’s Paul Singer investigated the group recently – uncovering dozens of telling partisan links between CREW and liberal factions.
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In an article published yesterday, Singer writes:
“CREW has made its mark by issuing dozens of complaints…alleging that Members of Congress have taken official actions that benefit their families, friends or financial benefactors.
But a review of entities against which CREW has filed complaints and information about its donors suggests that the organization may be guilty of the same practice — attacking groups and individuals who are the foes of CREW’s donors.”
Apparantly, several newspaper including the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, have reported that CREW receives funding from Democratic candidates and causes, though the organization would not comment on donor contributions when asked by Roll Call.
The article documents countless examples of CREW’s bias against Republican and conservative causes and partnerships with Democrat and liberal causes. They are closely connected with Arca, “a family foundation that has backed a host of liberal causes” and The Gill Foundation, which “is heavily invested in organizations advocating gay and lesbian rights.” Reports show both organizations donated significant amounts of money to CREW.
Though the have criticized some Democrats, including the conservative Democrat Sen. Mary Landreu (La.), CREW rarely follows through on those accusations.
Singer writes that:
“Republican critics argue that CREW is more interested in issuing press releases than pursuing litigation. Since there is no public process for arbitrating ethics complaints or DOJ investigations, CREW can issue a press release and there is no way for the target of the complaint to be publicly exonerated.”
CREW also seems shady due to their staff losses and lack of legal expertise, according to the research done for the article.
If an organization claims to be non-partisan, they must behave in that way. If they are backed by partisan organizations and individuals, it taints the supposed and intended purpose they had to begin with. CREW should revise their status and come clean. They obviously don’t like the Right and they shouldn’t hide behind an incorrect definition of who they are.