The Hypocrisy of CREW
3:34 PM, Mar 25, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
On Wednesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) executive director Melanie Sloan called conservative nonprofit Crossroads GPS "highly secretive" and hypocritical for not revealing their donors. Yesterday, CREW told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that it did not discuss its own list of donors with the public. Would it be fair, then, to call CREW "highly secretive" as well?
Perhaps. Politico's Kenneth P. Vogel and Jessica Taylor reported last Novemeber on a Washington meeting, closed to the public, of highly influential Democratic donors and interest groups. According to the report, representatives of CREW were among those attending this "secretive" meeting (emphasis mine):
These are private individuals and organizations who have every right to meet behind closed doors. But why does CREW's policy seem to be "openness for me, not for thee"?
In addition to a cheap shot at Karl Rove and Crossroads GPS, CREW seems to be ignoring one of the first major scandals of the 2012 election cycle. Is it because it involves a Democrat facing reelection next year?
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri admitted this week she owes nearly $300,000 in back taxes on an airplane she and her husband owned. There's been no statement yet from CREW on the senator's failure to pay these taxes as well as McCaskill's improper use of taxpayer money for political travel (for which she has already reimbursed the Treasury). I called CREW again today to see if they planned to make a comment on this ethics scandal, but I have yet to hear back.