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July 24, 2013
Senate Rules Committee Considers FEC Nominees, Public Printer, and Campaign Finance Disclosure
While this is the sum of today’s business, the committee still has much work to do.

June 21, 2013
CREW Statement in Response to the Nomination of Two Commissioners to the FEC
With the near-constant partisan deadlock at the agency, confirming commissioners who are dedicated to enforcing our nation’s campaign finance laws, regardless of political affiliation, is essential. This is critical to instilling confidence in the integrity of our public officials and our federal elections.

June 21, 2013
White House Announces Two FEC Nominations
CREW welcomes the White House’s long-awaited nominations, and we urge the White House to act with alacrity to fill the four remaining spots. We expect that the Senate will carefully but expeditiously consider the nominations.

May 1, 2013
No Vote of Confidence for the Federal Election Commission
Voters have become cynical about elected leaders, believing many are bought and paid for and the federal agency supposed to be regulating money in our elections is asleep at the wheel.

April 24, 2013
Join Us Tuesday to Discuss the Future of the Federal Election Commission
On April 30th, CREW and George Washington University Law School will host a bipartisan panel discussion on the future of the FEC.

April 16, 2013
CREW to FEC: Enforce Campaign Finance Law
In response to the FEC's request for comments on its enforcement process, CREW told the agency it is doing a poor job of enforcing laws meant to protect our elections.

April 10, 2013
Senate Hearing Addresses Abuse of Campaign Finance Laws
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has taken the first steps towards tackling the dark money groups flouting campaign laws.

March 10, 2013
Op-Ed: Why the FEC Won't Catch the Next Jesse Jackson, Jr. Either
It's not likely Rep. Jackson is the only member of Congress who illegally used campaign cash for personal use — he's just one of the few who have been caught.

December 13, 2013
More of the Same from the White House
Actions speak louder than words, and we're still waiting for President Obama to make good on his 2008 campaign promise to reform the dysfunctional FEC.

December 12, 2013
CREW Calls from Prompt Action on the OCE and FEC
Today we joined a diverse group of organizations to remind Congress and the President that ethics and election laws should be a priority.

December 5, 2013
The FEC Blows it Again: Fails to Act Against Former SC Senate Candidate Alvin Greene
After dragging out its decision for two years, the FEC did nothing in response to blatant legal violations by former U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene.

November 9, 2013
CREW Announces 2012 Money in Politics Awards
While massive amounts of dark money had an effect in some races, in most elections it couldn't guarantee a victory on its own.

October 25, 2013
Sleazy Super PACs
Want to really make sure voters won’t know who’s funding your Super PAC? Just follow this Super PAC’s example.

October 10, 2013
Is the FEC a Well-Functioning Agency that Virtually Never Has Partisan Deadlocks?
A former chairman of the FEC denies that the agency is dysfunctional. If you believe that, we have a bridge to sell you.

October 9, 2013
Revealing Dark Money and Big Data
Our Senior Counsel, Adam Rappaport, appeared on WNYC to discuss how "social welfare" nonprofit groups, known as 501(c)(4)s are avoid regulation to finance the campaigns.

October 2, 2012
Vern Buchanan Defies Belief
Either the Florida congressman is a crook or he's clueless.

July 19, 2012
End Secret Spending by Tax-Exempt Groups
Super PACs get the attention, but less-flashy "501(c)" groups are arguably the bigger political players, and operate mostly in secret.

June 19, 2012
Obama’s Refusal to Fix the Federal Election Commission Disappoints
Last week, the White House finally responded to our FEC petition in uninspiring and uninformative fashion.

June 15, 2012
40 Years Since Watergate
One of the scandal's greatest legacies is the significant strengthening of corruption laws and a movement for greater transparency.

June 12, 2012
The Federal Election Commission Gets the Message
It's rare we applaud the FEC, but their unanimous ruling in favor of text message donations gets it right.

May 7, 2012
We’re Still Waiting, Rep. Broun…

We're still waiting for Rep. Paul Broun to clear up what his spokeswoman described as a "simple error" on his campaign finance reports.

May 4, 2012
Fun with Super PACs, Brought to You by the Supreme Court and FEC
Super PACs are thriving in the post-Citizens United world, but they're not all out to thwart hapless disclosure laws and influence our elections.

May 1, 2012
Rubio’s Slap on the Wrist: Another FEC Fail
The FEC's paltry fines arguably encourage rather than deter illegal conduct.

April 30, 2012
Making Room for the Small Donors
In light of changing technology, why not allow federal political campaigns to accept text-based contributions from mobile devices?

March 6, 2012
Changing Business As Usual
Despite chronic inaction by lawmakers, CREW and our allies have moved ahead with a number of key pieces of reform legislation, working to change the “business as usual” attitude of Washington.

January 25, 2012
Glad You Mentioned the Problem of Money in Politics, Mr. President, But What About the FEC?
Americans are repulsed by all the money flowing into our electoral system and want to see our political leaders take action. 

January 18, 2012
What Does a Politician Have to do to Get Punished Around Here?
The FEC's investigation into Rep. Buchanan displays the agency's constantly shifting standards.

January 17, 2012
Sadly, Super PACs Are No Joke
The joke is on the voters who are subjected to similarly misleading ads from super PACs.

January 12, 2012
Tell President Obama to Fix the FEC!
Take action. Tell President Obama it’s time to stop sitting on the sidelines, stand up for democracy, and nominate new FEC commissioners today.

November 3, 2011
Agency Nullification at the FEC
Op-ed by CREW's Executive Director Melanie Sloan and Craig Holam of Public Citizen. Originally published in Politico.

September 27, 2011
Another FEC Fail; Rep. Jeff Denham Case Closed
The FEC shut its case against Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), who illegally funneled corporate money from his state campaign account.

September 19, 2011
Another Victory for CREW…
The FEC slapped the Gregory Brown for Congress committee with a fine for violating campaign finance law.

August 30, 2011
CREW Wins Again
The FEC smacked a Maryland developer with a $55,000 fine after we caught him in a conduit contribution scheme.

August 23, 2011
Another CREW Victory
Thanks to a CREW complaint, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently hit the Minnesota GOP with a $170,000 fine.

June 30, 2011
An Unusually Good Day at the FEC
Breaking from its customary approach, the FEC made two significant, and nearly unanimous, decisions.

June 29, 2011
Christine O’Donnell Lies Again
So what’s more shocking: Christine O’Donnell caught in (another) bold faced lie, or the FEC exposed (yet again) as a thoroughly worthless agency?

May 16, 2011
Colbert Takes on the FEC
Stephen Colbert’s creation of a “super PAC” is both great comedy and educates Americans on the absurdity of our campaign finance system in a post-Citizens United world.

May 12, 2011
Senate Ethics Committee Releases Ensign Investigation
The Senate Select Committee on Ethics refers the Sen. Ensign case to the FEC and DOJ.

April 25, 2011
Solutions: Forcing Contractors to Disclose Contributions is a Good First Step
Each year, government contractors spend mountains of money to influence politicians, and then—in a remarkable coincidence—are richly rewarded with billions of dollars in government contracts.

April 18, 2011
Why Not Defund the FEC?
The agency charged with overseeing our elections has become a regulatory eunuch.

April 11, 2011
FEC Commissioner Don McGahn’s Op-ed Shows a Real Talent for Fiction
While Mr. McGahn’s role is to enforce the law to the best of his ability, it is perfectly clear he is not even trying.

March 24, 2011
FEC Fails Again
By the end of April, five of the six commissioners will be serving even though their terms have expired. It is time for the President to lead, and it’s time to fix the FEC.

March 15, 2011
CREW Calls on President Obama to Appoint New FEC Commissioners
CREW has joined with other good governance groups calling on President Obama to appoint new commissioners to the FEC.

March 11, 2011
Mr. President, Fix the FEC
At the very least, we should expect our government to enforce the regulations already in place. But not even that is happening.

January 6, 2011
The Expanding Influence of Hedge Funds
The industry's influence points to the need for strong campaign finance disclosure requirements in the wake of Citizens United - but will lawmakers backed by the hedge funds be willing to bite the hand that feeds them?

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