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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Say What? White House Plots With Secretive Investment Firm With Ties to Bushes And Bin Ladens?

Paul Alexander | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

President Obama likes to say that his is "the most transparent administration" ever. But members of the environmental community and biofuel industry -- some of his most ardent supporters in the past -- might beg to differ.

Ethics Watchdog Calls GOP Campaign Boss 'Scam Artist'

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ethics watchdog filed a formal request Wednesday for an investigation of National Republican Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Wa...

Should Health Insurers Have to Tell the Truth About Their Political Spending?

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Both the AAN and Chamber have spent millions on ads calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While Aetna stands to gain financially from the law, it and other insurers have been critical of the potentially profit-threatening consumer protections and regulations in it.

2-Bit Politicians In 8-Bit

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics

Politicians are not, by and large, a popular group of people. With the American public having chosen cockroaches over Congress in a recent popularity ...

Paul Blumenthal

Tax Allegations Made Against Top Citizens United Lawyer

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a complaint with numerous government office...

GOP Lawmaker Slapped With Tiny Fine For Affairs With Patients

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) was fined $500 Thursday by Tennessee medical authorities for carrying on sexual affairs with his patients. DesJarla...

Paul Blumenthal

Watchdogs Demand Probe Of Donors Who Gave Too Much

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two campaign finance watchdogs have filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission asking for an investigation into potential vi...

McConnell Hit With Ethics Complaint After Judd Controversy

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been hit with an ethics complaint after a leaked tape revealed he was discussing with aides how to ...

GOP Rep's Parking Ticket Flap Faces Scrutiny

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 03.28.2013 | Politics

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) may have argued his way out of a parking ticket on March 13, but that doesn't mean he's getting off without a hitch. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Lawsuit Targets 'Dark Money' Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former congressional candidate is taking the Internal Revenue Service to court for its failure to enforce its laws governing political...

Ryan J. Reilly

DOMA Gives Gay Politicians 'Free Pass' On Ethics, Says Watchdog

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Most arguments against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) focus on the multitude of rights and benefits denied to same-sex couples whose...

Chelsea Kiene

Fewer Lawmakers Sleep In Their Offices In New Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2010, sleeping in congressional offices was all the rage among the Tea Party members who were swept into Congress to cut spending and...

Michael McAuliff

Scott DesJarlais Faces Request For Congressional Ethics Probe

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An ethics watchdog asked Congress on Tuesday to investigate whether Tennessee Republican Rep. Scott DesJarlais lied about an audio recor...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Congressman Hit With Ethics Complaint For Sex With Patient

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The anti-abortion Tennessee congressman and doctor who admitted last week to an affair with a patient was hit with an ethics complaint M...

'Hottie' Congressman Bought P90X With Campaign Cash: Report

Posted 03.30.2012 | Chicago

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a report Friday claiming that a Republican Illinois congressman mi...

Amanda Terkel

Jack Abramoff Seeking Cash On Road To Redemption

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Looking to host an event and have $25,000 to spare on the entertainment? You could hire Snooki. Or maybe you'd prefer famous Notre D...

Report: Joe Walsh Among Congress's 'Most Corrupt' Members

Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) on Tuesday received the distinction of being named among Congress's thirteen "most corrupt" representatives by the group ...

Tyler Kingkade

DOMA Defense: Boehner Complaint Dropped By Watchdog Group CREW

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would spend $500,000 to hire an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Senate Hopeful's Karl Rove Event Invokes Scandal History

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats quickly jumped on news that Republican New Mexico Senate hopeful Heather Wilson attended an event with Karl Rove, noting that ...

Government By the Rich: Is This the American Dream?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

It's called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it. -- George Carlin "There's a reason education sucks, and it's the same rea...

Report: Donors To Governor's Wife's Nonprofit Received More Than $113 Million From State

AP | CAIN BURDEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

NEW ORLEANS — A charitable foundation set up by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's wife has accepted about $790,000 in donations from corporations th...

Toobin Is Wrong, Senator Stevens was Guilty

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

DOJ's handling of the Ted Stevens case was appalling, whether due to malfeasance or incompetence. Nevertheless, the department's blunders hardly exonerate the late senator.

WikiLeaks Damages Hopes for a Transparent Government

Anne L. Weismann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anne L. Weismann

At first blush, WikiLeaks seems like a win for transparency and accountability in government. But WikiLeaks' document dump illustrates the perils of going outside the system, and is likely to result in less transparency in the long run.

What of Ethics Office, Mr. Boehner?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Boehner's threat to shut down the Office of Congressional Ethics does not inspire confidence that Republicans will take ethics more seriously this time around.

Denial Isn't Just a River in Egypt

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

"The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet." -- Mark Twain In a way, Mark...