If you think Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is a "non-profit, non-partisan" watchdog group, think again.

In reality, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a left-wing attack dog masquerading as a "non-partisan watchdog."

Percentage of ethical enforcement actions by political party

An analysis of CREW’s activities compared to the federal government's ethics enforcement activities reveals CREW’s partisanship.

Percentage of ethical enforcement actions by political party

An analysis of CREW’s “watchdog” activities reveals a systematic effort to disproportionately target Republicans and conservative-leaning groups with often-frivolous lawsuits, ethics complaints, and petitions for investigations by law enforcement agencies. An analysis of CREW’s activities demonstrates that it disproportionately targets conservatives by a ratio of more than 8-to-1. At the same time, the corresponding federal oversight agencies responsible for investigating CREW’s complaints indicates that, historically, Democrats have been investigated far more often for ethics violations.

Six months worth of CREW blog posts, press releases, lawsuits, reports, and other "non-partisan" work.

Six month's worth of CREW blog posts, press releases, lawsuits, and reports.

It's a problem to be publicly critical of other people's conduct if you're engaging in that conduct yourself.

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