CREW works closely with members of Congress, congressional staff, executive agencies, the White House and other advocacy organizations to help promote, among other things, government transparency, records management, accountability, and to strengthen federal ethics rules.
As we move forward in this capacity, CREW’s policy department will continue to expand our portfolio in the coming year to provide the public and government the tools and resources necessary to stay informed and achieve these objectives.
CREW has long advocated that if the practice of earmarking continues, there must be real transparency and accountability in the process.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) prohibits domestic companies from bribing foreign officials in foreign markets for the purpose of obtaining international business opportunities. Despite the importance of the FCPA, the Chamber of Commerce is seeking to weaken its reach under the guise of “reforming” and “modernizing” the statute for an increasingly competitive global economy, suggesting the statute is impeding U.S. economic growth. Evidence shows otherwise.
Over the past several years, courts have handed down a number of decisions hampering the ability of prosecutors to root out corruption. Without legislative action by Congress, public corruption will further victimize the public by chipping away at good governance and the foundations of our democracy.
This is neither a partisan nor ideological issue. The question is not whether legislation or nominations blocked by filibuster are good or bad, but whether the American people will be better served by up or down votes that will allow voters to hold senators accountable on Election Day.
Americans expect their elections to be conducted in a fair, honest and lawful manner, but the agency charged with ensuring election integrity is embarrassingly dysfunctional.
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