CREW uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
Many Americans have given up on our political system, writing off our elected leaders as crooks. At CREW, we believe politicians must be held accountable for their actions. Day in and day out, we work to ensure government officials -regardless of party affiliation- act with honesty and integrity and merit the public trust.
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 who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
We advance our mission using a combination of research, litigation, policy advocacy, and media outreach. CREW employs the law as a tool to force officials to act ethically and lawfully and to bring unethical conduct to the public’s attention through:
Freedom of Information Act Requests
Internal Revenue Service Complaints
Federal Election Commission Complaints
Requests for Investigations
We accomplish our goals by marrying in-depth research and investigation with hard-charging legal action, policy advocacy, and an aggressive communications strategy. Our efforts are augmented by building coalitions to push for policies favoring transparency and accountability. To garner support for our efforts, we use all mediums of the modern media — television, radio, print, and social networking —to maximize coverage of our work.
It’s always easier to tear something down than to build it up, and building a better Washington is no different. We firmly believe, however, that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; it is the only thing that ever has.