Info: Our guest is Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, also known as CREW. CREW began in 2003 and is a 501 (c)(3) organization. It monitors government officials and groups to bring to light ethics violations. It also files lawsuits and pressures Congress to take action in certain cases. CREW has been involved in Federal Election Commission complaints as well as filing lawsuits over Freedom of Information Act violations. The organization was involved in the Jack Abramoff case, the fine against former Majority Leader Tom Delay's political action committee, ARMPAC, and the debate over release of White House emails. Currently, CREW is one of the groups encouraging Congress to investigate earmarking by Rep. John Murtha. Annually, CREW releases a report on "the most corrupt members of Congress" and the "top ethics scandals of the year."