Press Release

New Analysis Exposes Partisanship of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), released a study conclusively demonstrating the bias and partisanship of the so-called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The analysis can be found on the newly unveiled website CREW is often described as a “nonpartisan” and “watchdog” organization by the media, but it has a long track record of singling out Republicans for criticism and turning a blind eye to Democrats. Examining the activities of CREW since its founding in 2003, CCF discovered that:

  • 76 percent of the complaints CREW filed with the Federal Election Commission were targeted at Republicans and right-leaning groups; only 10 percent were filed against Democrats and left-leaning groups (the other 14 percent were either bipartisan or nonpartisan);
  • 100 percent of complaints CREW filed with the Internal Revenue Service have attacked conservative nonprofit organizations and Republican members of Congress;
  • Between June 2003 and September 2010, CREW requested 67 investigations by the Department of Justice; two-thirds targeted Republicans, while only 10 percent went after Democrats;
  • In addition to receiving money from George Soros’s Open Societies Institute, CREW has received funding from the SEIU, Democracy Alliance, and other groups that strongly support Democratic politicians. CREW also has a history of attacking organizations that oppose the goals of their funders.

The Center for Consumer Freedom’s executive director, Rick Berman, released the following statement regarding the new analysis:

CREW is little more than a front group for big liberal money. Given CREW’s history of attacking the nonprofit status of groups they deem too partisan, perhaps it’s time someone started asking questions about CREW’s political activities.

To view the full report – which also details the partisan employment history of those who work for and founded CREW, including executive director Melanie Sloan – go to

Founded in 1996, the Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to promoting personal responsibility and protecting consumer choices. For more information, visit


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