Category Archives: CREW

CREW goes after DOJ on Delay case. Files FOIA request.

Those wonderful folks at CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) have filed an FOIA request (Freedom of Information Act) with the jackholes at the DOJ demanding the doc’s to find out exactly why those fuckwits refused to prosecute one of the biggest, most corrupt former members of Congress…Tommy ‘hottub’ Delay. One would think Obama’s hue and cry about transparency would make this request a no-brainer. From CREW’s website:

Click here to read to read CREW’s FOIA request to the FBI.
Click here to read CREW’s FOIA request exhibits.
Click here to read to read CREW’s FOIA request letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Click here to read to read CREW’s FOIA request for expedition to the DOJ.
Click here to read to read CREW’s FOIA request for expedition exhibits for the DOJ.

Why did disgraced former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX) never face federal prosecution? The public has a right to know, but the Department of Justice isn’t telling. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting all documents and communications related to the five year investigation into the former Texas lawmaker and his associates. Mr. DeLay is slated to face state charges in Texas later this month; as a result, CREW asked DOJ to expedite a response to the request.

“One of the most corrupt members to ever walk the halls of Congress will never have to answer for operating the House like a pay-to-play casino. The American people deserve to know what evidence the Department of Justice collected on Mr. DeLay and why that evidence was not sufficient to charge him,” said Melanie Sloan, CREW Executive Director. “The Department of Justice has not made prosecuting crooked government officials a top priority. The Public Integrity Section lacks the staff and resources necessary to prosecute even some of Washington’s demonstrably most unscrupulous leaders.  The Obama administration must ensure this section has resources it needs to do its job properly. After all, if Tom DeLay can get away with brazenly selling legislative assistance to Jack Abramoff, who knows what other scheming self-interested members of Congress might try?”

I don’t know about you folks, but I am friggin dying to know why Eric Holder and company refused to prosecute this corrupt bag of batshit.

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The 26 most corrupt members of Congress.

From CREW (Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington), we get their list of the 26 biggest, most corrupt elected fuckwads in office:

    * Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
    * Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    * Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
    * Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
    * Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    * Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
    * Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA)
    * Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
    * Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
    * Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
    * Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
    * Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    * Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA)
    * Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
    * Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    * Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA)
    * Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
    * Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
    * Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY)
    * Rep. David Scott (D-GA)
    * Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX)
    * Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)
    * Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
    * Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)
    * Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
    * Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

There are quite a few D’s on that list, which supports my theory that most elected fuckwits are worthless bags of sheepshit that seek to further their own bank accounts. The majority are from the House of Rep’s. If these fuckers actions don’t scream reform, I don’t know what does. Also check out their sister site, Under Investigation which provides updates on those being investigated…sadly not all the fuckers listed above are. From that site:

CREW has compiled a list of Congress members likely under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (House ethics committee), the Senate Select Committee on Ethics (Senate ethics committee) or the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Due to the secrecy surrounding these investigative bodies, the list is compiled from press reports. On October 30, 2009, The Washington Post revealed a leaked House ethics committee memo documenting the investigative activities surrounding House members by the House ethics committee and/or the OCE. The OCE was created in 2008 to review allegations of misconduct against members of the House and refers matters to the House ethics committee for further action. As a result, it is not always clear which body is investigating the Member.

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U.S. Senators

It’s always amazing to me how these bags of batshit get re-elected over and over again, even when in the throes of a congressional investigation and/or on trial for corruption. Why would you vote for someone that has questionable practices in the first place? Don’t these voters want good people to represent them, folks who do not have a dark-fucking-cloud hanging over their heads?  WTF does that say about their constituents? I will tell you….either they don’t give a rat’s ass or they are an entire district of ignorant assholes…take your pick.

Remember Randy Duke Cunningham? His worthless ass was re-elected in California’s 50th District, whilst on trial in federal court for kickbacks. The evidence was overwhelming and he pled guilty and did the perp walk into a federal prison. He admitted to taking $2.4 million in bribes mostly from defense contractors in exchange for government business and “other favors”. Most of the folks on these lists, one would think, should of heeded that message. So really, I don’t know who is dumber, the elected fucktards or their voters.

Christine O’Donnell has broken campaign laws? You don’t say?

I wanna know why in the blue hell the Federal Election Commission hasn’t busted this broad. From The Political Carnival, tonight’s AC360 interview her former financial advisor:

From The Political Carnival writeup:

Christine O’Donnell’s former financial advisor: “She would withdraw money for mileage… she didn’t own a car at the time.”

She used campaign money to go bowling and pay rent.

And yet her Tea Bagger groupies are defending her. Watch the video.

    Next week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) will ask the Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss to open a criminal investigation into Christine O’Donnell’s abuse of campaign funds. We’ll also ask the Federal Election Commission to look into the matter. It seems pretty clear to us that she has been using her campaign money to finance her personal life, which is flat-out illegal.

Please follow the link to sign a petition encouraging U. S. Attorney David Weiss to fully investigate.

My current favorite nutter, Ms. O’Donnell, is a real piece of work ain’t she? Almost makes Batshit Bachmann look sane at this point. I hope CREW drives this wingnut out of the race and gets to watch her squirm in a court of law. That should make Palin’s election year just fucking ducky..

Judge rules for White House in missing emails…

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has ruled that the Office of Administration doesn’t have to jump through hoops to provide either the emails or an excuse of what happened to them. From Law.com:

The functions of the Office of Administration “are strictly administrative,” Kollar-Kotelly ruled.

Kollar-Kotelly said the Office of Administration has no authority over others in the executive branch and that the office is exclusively dedicated to providing services to the Executive Office of the President.

Since its creation in 1978, the Office of Administration has responded to FOIA requests. But the Bush White House reversed that policy in August 2007 in the lawsuit filed by CREW.

Kollar-Kotelly’s decision closes off one avenue of inquiry because while CREW is appealing, time is running out, with just seven months remaining in office for the Bush administration.

But CREW still has another case in front of the courts on this issue. So all is not dead-ended yet. Don’t you just love that BushCo reversed an old policy after CREW filed it’s first case on this issue? Fuckers…

More on the visitor logs ruling..


From Jurist:

UPDATE 12-21: The White House said Thursday that it will appeal a Monday ruling [order, PDF] that held White House visitor logs to be public documents, asking a federal judge not to force the logs’ disclosure in the meantime. On Monday, US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth rejected a Bush administration bid to have the logs treated as confidential presidential records. Visitor logs are compiled by the Secret Service, and thus subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests; the Bush administration had ordered that the logs be submitted to the White House, so that they would fall outside the domain of FOIA. Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) brought the lawsuit, seeking logs regarding the White House visits of prominent conservative religious figures, including James Dobson and Jerry Falwell. AP has more.

In October, US District Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the Secret Service to release visitor logs for the personal residence and office of Vice-President Dick Cheney. The order was issued following a lawsuit by the Washington Post, which requested the logs in June while researching White House ties to political lobbyists. The Justice Department filed an appeal against the order last week. In a second ruling issued Monday by Lamberth, the judge said that CREW could not seek an injunction preventing the Secret Service from destroying visitor logs after they are turned over to the White House.