December 19, 2012

CREW Names the Top 12 Scandals of 2012

Cover of Top Scandals 2012Washington, D.C. — What were the biggest ethics scandals of the year?  Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released its Top 12 Scandals of 2012, a dirty dozen that includes congressional corruption, public officials cloaking their actions in secrecy, and the biggest scandal of all: millionaires, corporations, and shadowy non-profits taking advantage of America’s lax election regulations in a blatant attempt to suppress voters and buy elections.

Relatively trivial matters like CIA Director David Petraeus’ affair, revelations that a few House Republicans went skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee, and political posturing over “Fast and Furious” got more coverage than they deserved, while some of the real scandals flew under the radar. 

“The Petraeus affair was titillating, but the failure of our government to enforce our election laws is disgraceful.  What is more outrageous than the damage done to our democracy this year?” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.  “The combination of a few incredibly wealthy people attempting to buy our elections and the widespread efforts to prevent many Americans from voting are the real scandals of the year.” 


CREW’s Top 12 Scandals of 2012 (in order of significance):


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