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Berman: Partisan Ethics — CREW Targets Conservatives

It’s not surprising that CREW trains its sights on Republicans. It is, after all, the brainchild of prominent Democrats such as Norman Eisen (deputy general counsel to President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008) and Mark Penn (a longtime Democratic pollster and strategist with strong ties to the Clintons). The organization’s funding comes from groups with ties to George Soros, including the Open Society Institute and the Democracy Alliance.

Employees at CREW come from or go on to work at liberal outfits such as Media Matters for America and the American Civil Liberties Union — that is, when they don’t migrate directly from the offices of Democratic legislators. Indeed, an analysis of the publicly available information for those on CREW’s roster of employees shows that none of them have worked for a single Republican or right-leaning organization.

Sloan’s experience is typical. Before coming to CREW, she served as minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee under Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). She also worked under Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) when he was in the House and for then-Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.).

CREW might be many things, but it is far more of a Democratic lapdog than an unbiased watchdog.

Rick Berman is executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom.

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