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April 04, 2012

CREW Congratulates March’s Scoundrel of the Month: Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist

Washington, D.C. – While the NCAA tournament may have produced a dramatic Final Four, there was no doubt when it came to crowning March’s Scoundrel of the Month.  Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) founder Grover Norquist “won” by a landslide, with almost 80 percent of the vote.

ATR disclosed more than $4.2 million in independent expenditures to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), but asserted on its 2010 tax return that it spent only $1.85 million on political activities.  As a result, we filed a complaint with the IRS, asking the agency to investigate whether ATR and Norquist violated federal law. 

CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan stated, “Norquist has every right to advocate for changes to our tax laws, but he still has to obey the laws on the books.  Perhaps he should sign a pledge that he won’t lie to the IRS about his group’s political activity.”

Nominations are already being accepted for April’s Scoundrel of the Month, and are not limited to people; entities and agencies are also eligible.  Nominations are due by Friday, April 20th. Voting will begin the following week.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Derrick Crowe at 202.408.5565 or dcrowe@citizensforethics.org.

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