Justice Department Sued for Refusing to Release Secret Legal Opinions

By: Wednesday August 28, 2013 9:45 am

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an organization that describes itself as being committed to “high-impact legal actions to target government officials who sacrifice common good to special interests,” filed a complaint in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.


Court Rejects Justice Department Effort to Enshrine Catch-22 Into Freedom of Information Law

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 1:05 pm

A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, rebuffed a clear attempt by the United States Justice Department to further pervert the Freedom of Information Act process.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on May 24, 2011, when it failed to produce documents on individuals at the FEC, who CREW believed were refusing to enforce campaign finance laws. The lawsuit challenged the withholding of the documents and also the Justice Department’s interpretation of a rule in freedom of information law that requires agencies to communicate a “determination” on whether it will comply with the FOIA request within 20 working days.

White House Still Disingenuously Presents Release of Visitor Logs to Public as Transparency Achievement

By: Friday March 15, 2013 1:01 pm

The administration of President Barack Obama, when boasting about Obama’s record on openness and transparency, regularly cites how it is now releasing White House visitor logs. It has been an “achievement” the administration explicitly mentions during Sunshine Week, a week where journalists and open government advocates celebrate transparency in government.

FDL Membership Drive: So We Only Need to Answer to You

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 2:50 pm

Perhaps the best case I’ve seen made for why it is important for you to become an FDL member stems from this recent story about the Democracy Alliance. The Democracy Alliance was started by a bunch of rich donors in 2005 to try to build a progressive movement. But they recently pulled funding for worthwhile organizations in order to focus money on the Democratic Party. We at FDL need to maintain our financial independence to continue what we do.

Remember Scooter Libby’s Lost Emails?

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 1:15 pm

The eye-popping takeaway from documents related to CREW and National Security Archive’s recent settlement is that, for the 21 days of emails supposedly restored, 83% of the emails weren’t restored.

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