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Vote for CREW'S Scoundrel of the Month

With Washington off to quiet start in 2014, the major action in January took place in the states — and it wasn’t pretty. Indictments, bullying, and secret money all reminded us that Washington isn’t the only capital in need of cleaning up.

But which cross-country conniving equates to a Scoundrel of the Month crown? Your vote will decide.

Michael Grimm

Rep. Michael Grimm
The allegations of shady campaign finance dealings against this three-time Most Corrupt alum just keep coming. The latest involves donor swapping, a scheme in which some of Rep. Grimm’s donors — including his then-girlfriend — traded donations with other candidates to circumvent contribution limits. It’s no wonder Rep. Grimm’s fundraising has been the subject of a two-year federal investigation.

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Citizens United

Citizens United
It’s been four years since the Supreme Court’s disastrous ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and the fallout continues as corporations and the wealthy pour unlimited sums into their efforts to secretly sway elections. With Congress failing to address the problem and the Court poised to allow in even more money, it’s time for the IRS to do its job and rein in abuse of the tax code by dark money groups.

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Pennsylvania

All Votes Matter
When the mysterious non-profit emerged in 2011 to change the way Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes, it refused to disclose where its funding came from. No wonder: CREW’s research revealed more than half of the money All Votes Matter raised was funneled through dark money groups linked to the Koch Brothers as part of their vast effort to influence elections nationwide.

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Chris Christie

NJ Gov. Chris Christie
Though he didn’t make our Worst Governors in America list last year, if the past month is any indication of what’s ahead, Gov. Christie is in for a perilous fall. From traffic jams for political payback, to holding hurricane relief funds hostage, the allegations against Gov. Christie’s administration are enough to vault Trenton into the ranks of America’s most dysfunctional state governments.

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Former Rep. Joe Baca

Former Rep. Joe Baca
As he gears up for another run at Congress, ex-Rep. Baca is relying on a familiar ally to help pave his way back into power: the payday lending industry. While the industry prepares to fight federal regulation of its predatory business practices, it’s counting on “Working Joe” to do its bidding, both in Congress and out.

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Bob McDonnell

Former VA Gov. Bob McDonnell
Well, who didn’t see this coming? Less than two weeks after he left office, prosecutors indicted Virginia’s former governor and his wife for handing out favors to a donor who plied them with hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans. The charges already landed Gov. McDonnell a prominent spot on our Worst Governors list, and now they could land him and his wife in prison as well.

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Cast your vote between now and noon next Thursday, January 30th. We’ll announce the winner on our Twitter feed the following day (so make sure you’re following us).

Thank you for your support,

Melanie Sloan

P.S. We know not all scoundrels are in Washington. If you know of an official or agency that's undermining the public

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