Complaint Against Citiziens for Responsibility and Ethics


Christine O'Donnell Requests IRS Investigation to Revoke CREW's Tax-Exempt Status

Former U.S. Senate Candidate Fights Back

WILMINGTON, Del. - Christine O'Donnell and ChristinePAC today asked the IRS to revoke the tax-exempt status of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). This announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. Attorney's Office dismissing CREW's complaint against O'Donnell.

"I am ready to stand up to CREW and work towards ending their practice of using the justice system as a political weapon," said Christine O'Donnell. "It is simply wrong to ask taxpayers to subsidize an organization that acts in blatant opposition to the law. Despite federal laws against political campaign intervention by organizations such as CREW, Melanie Sloan and CREW have involved themselves in political campaigns across the country every election - and in a very partisan and racially discriminatory manner. CREW is just a tool for Democratic billionaires like George Soros to influence the outcome of elections, and we need to end these types of corrupt practices that undermine the political process."

Christine O'Donnell and ChristinePAC filed an official complaint against the organization with the IRS, asking the agency to revoke CREW's tax-exempt status. Acting as a "charitable organization," CREW is barred from intervening in political campaigns ("electioneering") as well as participating in discriminatory activities. Over a period of several election cycles, however, CREW has misused its tax-exempt status by acting on behalf of the Democratic Party as well as establishing a pattern of racially discriminatory activities.

Additionally, O'Donnell attorneys have requested that the Delaware Attorney General and United States Attorney for Delaware investigate CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan for the false statement(s) and testimony she submitted to both of those offices last year in CREW's partisan attacks against O'Donnell.

"The U.S. Attorney dismissed the CREW complaint against me earlier this month because there was no wrongdoing and that was confirmed through the investigation," said O'Donnell. "My attorneys have provided to the U.S. Attorney, the Delaware Attorney General and the FEC proof that Melanie Sloan knew or should have known that the complaint she filed against me was based on false testimony. It is Melanie Sloan who should now be investigated for knowingly filing a false federal claim, mail fraud and wire fraud." 

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Exhibits A through E to IRS Complaint Against CREW

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Exhibits H through M to IRS complaint Against CREW

Exhibits N through V to IRS complaint Against CREW