LTC Bullet: Roll
Call Exposes Sleazy CREW
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Asheville, North Carolina--
LTC Comment: Roll
Call, the highly respected Capitol Hill newspaper, investigated CREW
and found disreputable motives and tactics.
Vindication for the Center after the ***news.***
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LTC BULLET: ROLL
CALL EXPOSES SLEAZY CREW
LTC Comment: A
couple months ago, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in
Washington (CREW) started popping up in Google alerts for the Center for
LTC Reform. CREW claimed
that I am a mouthpiece for LTC insurance carriers and that the Center is
a wholly-owned subsidiary of the LTC insurance industry.
CREW dusted off specious criticism first levied against the
Center by NAELA members years ago.
It urged Senator Grassley, the Senate Finance Committee and the
NAIC to investigate the Center for Long-Term Care Reform.
Of course, nothing ever came of this cybernetic
slander. We never heard
word one from the Senator, the Committee or the NAIC.
Nevertheless, when a well-financed hate group decides to throw
mud on the internet, what can you do?
It's a logical impossibility to prove one's innocence. So groundless accusations hang out there making friends
wonder and opponents rejoice. How
can a small, family-run, lightly funded public policy advocacy
organization like the Center fight back against web-based bullies?
We can't, of course, but big, credible, media
outlets like Roll Call can.
Last week a reporter from the newspaper called me.
He was baffled by CREW's attacks on the Center.
I explained that CREW's unfounded criticism and charges came from
Medicaid planners and others who bash private sector LTC solutions and
seek a government take-over of long-term care.
He said he'd found enough evidence to conclude that CREW's
attacks on the Center and others were "tantamount to legal
Yesterday, Roll Call published an expose' of
CREW that revealed the radical group's richly endowed funding sources
and censured its methods and objectives.
As of this morning, the whole Roll Call article
("Watchdog, Donors Share Common Foes" by Paul Singer) was
still available free of charge at http://www.rollcall.com/issues/53_85/news/21796-1.html?type=pf.
A few snippets follow. Then
our comment on the irony of politically based criticism of the Center.
news stories - in this newspaper as well as in The Washington Post,
The Wall Street Journal and others - have pointed out that much
of CREW's funding comes from liberal groups and big donors to Democratic
candidates and causes. And all but a handful of its complaints against
Members of Congress have targeted Republicans. . . .
"On Sept. 1, 2006, CREW received $75,000 from
the SEIU [Service Employees International Union], according to documents
that the union filed with the Department of Labor. . . .
"Like most CREW filings, the complaint the
organization filed with the DOJ against Musgrave was based on local news
stories, and the document contains no indication that CREW made
independent efforts to confirm the details.
"Republicans complain that the overwhelming
majority of CREW’s targets are GOP officeholders or allied
organizations. CREW denies a partisan bias to its activities. . . .
"Since there is no public process for
arbitrating ethics complaints or DOJ investigations, CREW can issue a
press release and there is no way for the target of the complaint to be
publicly exonerated. 'Where do you go to get your reputation back?'
asked Stefan Passantino, who served as counsel for then-Speaker Dennis
Hastert (R-Ill.), who was targeted by CREW. . . .
"CREW also has lost most of its legal
expertise. Of the 13 staff members listed on the organization’s Web
site in December 2006, at least eight have left, and Roll Call
has identified three other staff members who have worked there and left
in the past year or so. While the 2006 staff included a chief counsel
position, two senior counsels and two counsels, only the chief counsel
still works at CREW, and no other staff member besides Executive
Director Melanie Sloan has a legal background, according to the CREW Web
LTC Comment: The irony of a leftist hit-group attacking the Center for LTC Reform as if we were a conservative advocacy organization is rich. The Center's objective is to save Medicaid as a long-term care safety net for the poor. We fight against the lawyers who misappropriate Medicaid to benefit their affluent clients. We fight against organizations that undercut Medicaid by opposing new private sector revenues to shore up the struggling public assistance program. Saving Medicaid is a fairness issue. Political parties and ideologies don't matter. What's important is that scarce public welfare resources go to people in need and that others, who are affluent, healthy and young enough, plan responsibly for long-term care. Let's all pull together, whatever our political preferences, to save Medicaid for people in need and encourage responsible long-term care planning for those who are able.