Roll Call reported in January 2008 that CREW files most of its complaints against members of Congress, and "all but a handful... have targeted Republicans". The article stated that CREW had issued press releases against Democrats but usually had not filed complaints against them, with the exception of Senator Mary Landrieu, a conservative Democrat. CREW defended itself to Roll Call:
"CREW is a nonpartisan organization that targets unethical conduct," [Deputy Director Naomi] Seligman wrote... "Now that the Democrats are in power, they will have opportunities for corruption that were previously reserved to Republicans and it is likely we will see more Democratic corruption."
After the article was published, CREW stated that it was "baseless" and "omitted key facts". CREW also suggested the Roll Call reporter had been prompted by a conversation with Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, the target of a recent CREW lawsuit at the time.
Roll Call reported that CREW investigated "groups and individuals who are the foes of CREW's donors" as well as a political opponent of one of CREW's board directors, and that CREW refused to disclose its donor list. Donors to CREW include such liberal groups as George Soros' Open Society Institute, Democracy Alliance, Service Employees International Union, the Arca Foundation, and the Gill Foundation. The Roll Call article also stated that the CREW mission statement had changed since 2005, when it read that CREW "differs from other good government groups in that it sues offending politicians directly" and that it "aims to counterbalance the conservative legal watchdog groups that made such a strong impact over the past decade."
Thank you for the warm welcome. Just added a blog to thank you and Tea Party WDC and Freedom Works for delivering our letter of retirement to Senator Stabenow today. I only wish we could be there with you. I'll be following the news of the day.
Perhaps we could have a Tea Party WDC open house at the National Press Club, for an evening discussion on Iraq, Afghanistan, foreign policy and foreign aid... I have some great slides and could provide a foundation presentation for group discussion for about thirty minutes and then we run a round table... My wife is a member, so we might be able to get one of the Member's conference rooms for an evening. It would be interesting to see how many we could get to show up... Just a thought. Just the fact that the group was meeting at the Press Club might garner some attention...
Yes, the AFIO "Dr. Derrin Smith" is also me. I am currently in the D.C. area as an advisor to the interagency MANPADs Task Force, following tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon in civilian capacities. My book, "Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid Outside the Green Zone" (with Dr. Van Arsdale, printed by Chicago University Press; publicist Left Coast Press) is now on the market, drawing on those experiences. I look forward to meeting with members of the group. Best regards, Derrin Smith.
Oh, you are part of that CC&B petition website? -- I almost didn't sign that cuz I'm big-time against raising the debt, but the lucrative power of the BBA got me to thinking ... it might be the only way we can pass the BBA, so I changed my mind & signed it. -- I would accept a small increase in taxes IF they guarenteeed a hugely MASSIVE cut in spending and a REDUCTION in the debt ceiling WITH a Balanced budget Amendment, but left to my own devices, I'd massivly ct both taxing AND spending, AND bring the debt ceiling down to zero --or close to it.
Question: Is it really true that the only way to effectively bind our US Congress from changing this recently-passed law & passing more spending laws is to pass a Balance dBudget Amendment? -- That's what I've been told by reliable sources, but I'd like a 2nd opinion here.
I accept your explanation here, Lisa -- I did not think your invitation here was spam, (: since you did your homework and properly targetted your audience to only patrioits -- I'm just curious, though where you fonud my name -- even though I'm all over the Internet, I'm just curious.