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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Inc.
(CREW)
1400 Eye St, N.W.
Ste 450
Washington,  DC  20005
2008 Income: $3,048,889
2008 Assets: $2,860,948

www.citizensforethics.org/ 
Phone:
(202) 408-5565
EIN: 03-0445391 
Exempt since: 2002

Founded: Incorporated May 13, 2002
in Delaware by Democrat activists Louis Mayberg, Mark Penn, and Daniel Berger through a hired Registered Agent company, The Corporation Trust Company. CREW has claimed that attorney Norm Eisen was also a co-founder, but his name does not appear on any founding document or any Form 990. The first donation was a $25,000 grant from the Tides Foundation, the only income in 2002.

Registered in the District of Columbia: Registered March 15, 2006, Melanie Sloan, Re
gistered Agent.
Sloan had been the loud-mouthed executive director since 2002.

IRS Exempt purpose: Organization's purpose is to work for honest, open and truthful government by bringing legal actions, conducting research and educating the public.

Self-Description:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington uses high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.

Actual: a far-left Democrat social-change attack group targeting Republicans and centrist Democrats in Congress and conservative non-profit groups. "[Democracy]Alliance officials see CREW as a possible counterweight to conservative-leaning Judicial Watch, which filed numerous lawsuits against Clinton administration officials in the 1990s." Washington Post   CREW's Executive Director Melanie Sloan has become a mighty mouth in Washington for her zingers, pretentious outrages, and legal complaints about everybody else's ethics, but her own group has done a few things that bend the rules too.

Grants from backers of Democracy Alliance
(Details in chart at bottom of page)
Peter B. Lewis (Progressive Insurance magnate) -
$396,354
Tim Gill (Denver software entrepreneur ) - $275,000
George Soros (Open Society Institute) - $100,000



CREW's efforts: Excerpted from IRS Form 990 statements - the IRS requires non-profits to explain what they did for their exempt purpose each year, and here's what CREW told the IRS:

2003:
The organization has initiated over 10 Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information regarding potential ethical violations on the part of high level government officials.
2004: The organization has initiated over 20 Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information, blah, blah, same old same old.

2005:
Ditto, but with over 40 requests.
2006:
Again with over 40 requests.
2007: Ditto, but with over 60 requests.

2008: Same.


Sound like a fishing expedition? Maybe they caught something?

2004: The organization is also involved in legal actions over the government's failure to properly respond to some of those requests.
2005:
Ditto.
2006:
Again.
2007:
Same.
2008:
The organization has 18 lawsuits pending in federal court over the government's failure to respond to some of those requests.

2004: The organization prepared an ethics complaint against a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives which has been filed with the House Ethics Committee.

The website Discover the Networks had this to say about that (links go to Discover the Networks pages):

On March 10, 2004, The Hill (a nonpartisan weekly newspaper covering Congress and its members) reported, "House Democratic leaders are honing an election strategy to taint the entire Republican caucus by demonizing Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX)."  Two weeks later, CREW sent a letter to every House member in an effort to find someone willing to file ethics allegations against DeLay. CREW found such a volunteer in then-Texas Congressman Chris Bell, who had recently been defeated in the Democratic primary and thus stood no hope of being reelected in November. In June 2004, Melanie Sloan and CREW helped Bell file against Delay an ethics complaint with the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. CREW's participation in this filing was in violation of House rules, which since 1997 had forbidden non-members from filing ethics complaints. The rules permit members to transmit information from an outsider -- provided that the member: (a) discloses that the information was derived from an outside source, and (b) certifies his or her confidence that the information was submitted in good faith. Bell's complaint, which was drafted by Ms. Sloan, did not disclose CREW's involvement. The Committee eventually found Bell's ethics accusations against DeLay "unsubstantiated."

However, Delay was forced out of Congress, subjected to a federal investigation that ended with insufficient evidence, and prosecuted for money laundering in a state trial to be held in Austin, Texas in late 2010. Melanie Sloan gloated big-time over Delay's downfall. In Washington, as she should know, her name may be on the next card in the deck.

2006: The organization has made complaints to the Internal Revenue Service regarding organizations that have violated the limits of their 501(C)(3) status. [That one showed up again in 2007, but not 2008.]

Latest strafing run: CREW filed a complaint with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission against Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell, alleging she committed multiple campaign finance violations, including fraud and misappropriation of funds. CREW exec director Melanie Sloan stated, "Christine O'Donnell is clearly a criminal" - most lawyers would tell you that accusing a person of committing a crime for which they've not been convicted is libel per se, but evidently the Democratic Party leadership won't police her intemperate attack talk, for it sees the virtue of influencing the outcome of the Delaware Senate election with whatever decorative language it takes - and they know well that where there are no police, there are no laws. Sloan has hit O'Donnell like a blender with no top, just like she might if she were a surrogate for the Democratic Party.

filing a complaint with the Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office and the Federal Election Commission alleging multiple campaign finance violations, including fraud and misappropriation of funds

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Heres-the-rest-of-the-story-about-CREW-103495774.html#ixzz10NWv3cfs

Melanie Sloan, Mighty Mouth in Washington
 

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Officers, Directors, and Key Employees 2008

Name Title Compensation
MELANIE SLOAN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR $182,723
NAOMI SELIGMAN DEPUTY DIRECTOR $115,940
CHANTELL TAYLOR DIRECTOR - DENVER OFFICE $104,442
JOHN LUONGO DIRECTOR $0
DANIEL BERGER VICE PRESIDENT/SECRETARY $0
LOUIS M. MAYBERG PRESIDENT/TREASURER $0
CRAIG KAPLAN DIRECTOR $0
ERWIN CHEMERINSKY DIRECTOR $0

Highest Paid Employees - 2008

Name Title Compensation
ANNE WEISEMANN CHIEF COUNSEL $133,576
WILLIAM HOLMES COUNSEL $50,681

Connecting the far-left dots
 


MELANIE SLOAN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: longtime Democrat operative; Nominations Counsel for Joe Biden's Senate Judiciary Committee (1993); Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee for Charles Schumer (1994); Minority Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee under John Conyers (1995-1998); and Assistant U.S. District Attorney for the District of Columbia (1998-2003).

 

 



NAOMI SELIGMAN

former DEPUTY Director:
L
aunched Media Matters for America
communications program.
2010, principal, FitzGibbon Media.
 

CHANTELL TAYLOR
DIRECTOR - DENVER OFFICE
Colorado Ethics Watch

JOHN LUONGO

DIRECTOR: Previously executive: Vantive Corporation, Oracle Corporation and Tymshare, Inc.
2001, technology advisor, Democratic National Committee;
2001 - 2007, Board of Directors, Planned Parenthood, Golden Gate;
2005 - , Board, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
2010, Venture director, Lightspeed Venture Partners


DANIEL BERGER

VICE PRESIDENT/SECRETARY: Philadelphia lawyer, partner and shareholder at Berger and Montague. An original incorporator of CREW. High-profile Democrat donor who in 2004 made a $100,000 contribution to America Coming Together, the top Democrat 527 election campaign organization ($79.7 million).


LOUIS M. MAYBERG

PRESIDENT/TREASURER: Prominent Democrat donor, co-founder of ProFund Advisors LLC, money managers for the elite. An original incorporator of CREW.


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CRAIG KAPLAN

DIRECTOR: New York lawyer; taught at New York University and Queens College; former faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy.


ERWIN CHEMERINSKY

Director: Constitutional law professor, lost case of activist Rachel Corrie against Caterpillar after she was killed when she got in the way of a Caterpillar tractor clearing an area of explosives. Corrie's family claimed that Caterpillar provided Israel with tractors "it knew would be used in violation of international law." The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court dismissed the case because the tractors were bought by the federal government and the transfer to Israel was a government decision, not a corporate one.


MARK PENN

ORIGINAL INCORPORATOR: CEO of PR firm Burson-Marsteller; president, polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates (clients included U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates); author, Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes; Fellow, New Politics Institute; key role in Bill Clinton's 1996 presidential campaign; served as chief strategist and pollster to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Penn is married to Nancy Jacobson, a professional fundraiser.


NORM EISEN

CO-FOUNDER: Anti-Defamation League staff, career D.C. lawyer, went to Harvard Law School with Barack Obama; Deputy General Counsel to Barack Obama’s transition team; Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform (2009); nominee designate to be U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  Financial Condition, 2008

2008 Revenue

Contributions $2,972,079
Government Grants $0
Program Services $0
Investments $76,780
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $30
Total Revenue $3,048,889

2008 Expenses

Program Services $1,716,537
Administration $270,457
Other $149,829
Total Expenses $2,136,823
 
Net Gain/Loss: $912,066

 Foundation grants to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  
2002-2008

Top donor is STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION at $450,000
Stephen M. Silberstein founded (in 1978), and served as the first President of, Innovative Interfaces Inc., the world's leading supplier of computer software for the automation of college and city libraries. Innovative's software is used by libraries in almost every state of the U.S. and in 40 other countries around the world. Mr. Silberstein sold his interest in the company in 2001 and now devotes his time to philanthropic and civic matters.

 

Foundation Grant Total: $2,792,509 Number of Grants: 58
Donor Amount Year Grant Description
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Cincinnati
Ohio
$15,000 2009 General support
MARK TORRANCE FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington
$25,000 2009  
STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California
$100,000 2008 Education public gov integrity dishonest government officials
DENVER FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$20,000 2008 General operating
DENVER FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$20,000 2008 General operating
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Cincinnati
Ohio
$10,000 2008  
CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK
New York
$150,000 2008 Toward support
SCHOONER FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts
$15,000 2008 General support
THE PBL FUND
Cleveland
Ohio
$396,354 2008 General support [Peter B. Lewis, a Democracy Alliance donor, is the sole trustee of this foundation.]
SILICON VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Mountain View
California
$20,000 2008 Building community
VANGUARD CHARITABLE ENDOWMENT PROGRAM
Boston
Massachusetts
$10,000 2008 Support for civic projects
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$25,000 2008 General support
BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts
$20,000 2008 A Donor Advised Fund paid by Rodgers Community Fund
BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts
$10,000 2008 A Donor Advised Fund paid by
Villars Fund
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$5,000 2008 General support
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$5,000 2008 General support
LELAND FIKES FOUNDATION INC
Dallas
Texas
$100,000 2008 General support
THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVING BOULDER COUNTY
Boulder
Colorado
$10,000 2008 General operating
BRETT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Boulder
Colorado
$5,000 2008 program support - Ethics Watch Colorado
ARCA FOUNDATION
Washington
DC
$75,000 2008  
MARISLA FOUNDATION
Laguna Beach
California
$100,000 2008 Support for accountability in government projects
MADISON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Madison
Wisconsin
$50,000 2008  
SUSMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
Houston
Texas
$10,000 2008  
GILL FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$25,000 2008 General operating support[Foundation president Tim Gill is a backer of Democracy Alliance]

 

GILL FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$125,000 2008 General operating support[Foundation president Tim Gill is a backer of Democracy Alliance]
DENVER FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$20,000 2007 General operating
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$10,000 2007  
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$33,887 2007  
BRETT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Boulder
Colorado
$5,000 2007 Operating support for Ethics Watch Colorado
WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
DC
$50,000 2007 General support
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Cincinnati
Ohio
$5,000 2007  
CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK
New York
$50,000 2007 12 month grant of $50,000 toward support.
BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts
$20,000 2007 A Donor Advised Fund paid by
Rodgers community fund
BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts
$10,000 2007 A Donor Advised Fund paid by
Villers fund
BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts
$30,000 2007 A Donor Advised Fund paid by
Barbara Lee Family Foundation
STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California
$250,000 2007 Educate public govt integrity/dishonest gov officials
ARCA FOUNDATION
Washington
DC
$50,000 2007 For General support
THE AGNES GUND FOUNDATION
E Liverpool
Ohio
$15,000 2007  
FIDELITY INVESTMENTS CHARITABLE GIFT FUND
Cincinnati
Ohio
$50,000 2006  
BOHEMIAN FOUNDATION
Ft. Collins
Colorado
$100,000 2006 Program now general operations
MAYBERG FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Silver Spring
Maryland
$25,000 2006 [Louis Mayberg,  CREW president, is the only trustee of this foundation]
DYSON FOUNDATION
Millbrook
New York
$100,000 2006 General operating support
OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
New York
$100,000 2006 To provide general support [Institute president George Soros is a backer of Democracy Alliance]
GILL FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$25,000 2006 General operating support[Foundation president Tim Gill is a back of Democracy Alliance]
GILL FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado
$100,000 2006 General operating support for the Colorado pilot
[Foundation president Tim Gill is a back of Democracy Alliance]
SANDLER FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$6,000 2006  
TIDES CENTER
San Francisco
California
$12,268 2005 To disburse fund balance due to project closing
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$45,000 2005  
MAYBERG FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Silver Spring
Maryland
$10,000 2005 Support 501(3) organization programs
[Editor's note: Louis Mayberg,  CREW president, is the only trustee of this foundation]
BARBRA STREISAND FOUNDATION
Santa Monica
California
$10,000 2005  
WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
DC
$75,000 2005  
STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California
$100,000 2005 Educate Public-Gov Intergrity/Dishonest Government officials
THE DAVID GEFFEN FOUNDATION
Los Angeles
California
$5,000 2004  
WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington DC
$50,000 2004 General support
JEWISH COMMUNAL FUND
New York
$4,000 2004  
WOODBURY FUND INC
Ashburn
Virginia
$5,000 2004  
ARCA FOUNDATION
Washington
DC
$50,000 2003 To promote good governance policies by exposing public officials who betray the public interest.
TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California
$25,000 2002

When they get old, will they call CREW
Senior Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington?
 

 

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