A newspaper covering one of the most competitive United States Senate races in the country referred to an organization run by a prominent liberal as a “nonpartisan government watchdog group” Tuesday.
The Charlotte Observer has been covering allegations of improprieties of both candidates in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race–Democratic incumbent Senator Kay Hagan and state Representative Thom Tillis, the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. JDC Manufacturing, owned by Hagan’s husband, Chip, received roughly $390,000 in federal grants in 2009 for energy projects and tax credits as a result of the 2009 stimulus law, while Tillis voted in favor of a measure allowing North Carolina to participate in the federal renewable energy tax credit program, as previously reported by Western Journalism.
The Observer reported that North Carolina Republicans filed a request for an ethics investigation with the U.S. Senate regarding Hagan. (The Senate Ethics Committee does not comment on requests it receives.) The publication also reported a comment from a representative from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
“Melanie Sloan, an expert on congressional ethics and the executive director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonpartisan government watchdog group, called it ‘a stupid complaint’ and predicted the committee would dismiss it.”
But Ken Vogel of Politico reported in August that David Brock was assuming the role of chairman of CREW’s board. Brock founded the liberal-leaning media watchdog organization Media Matters for America.
“The reconfigured CREW, which is searching for a new executive director, will add a more politically oriented arm, expand its focus into state politics and donor targeting and will operate in close coordination with Brock’s growing fleet of aggressive Democrat-backing nonprofits and super PACs – Media Matters, American Bridge and the American Independent Institute.”
h/t Hot Air
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