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CREW's Melanie Sloan departing

By Ed O'Keefe
Melanie Sloan
Melanie Sloan (Photo courtesy CREW)

Another of Washington's most vocal independent watchdogs is stepping down to start a new law firm.

Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, will leave the group early next year to join former Clinton-era White House Counsel Lanny Davis in a legal practice, she announced Friday in an e-mail to the group's donors and supporters.

"This won't happen for several months, but I wanted to let you all, as our closest supporters, know first," Sloan wrote. "Nothing at all will change in the interim, and even after my so-called last day (likely sometime in late January), I will continue to remain extremely involved in with CREW, just in a slightly different way."

Sloan previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and as counsel for the Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee. She's also good for a quote or soundbite, appearing regularly on national news programs and in the pages of The Washington Post.

CREW has historically taken a bipartisan approach to its Congressional oversight, most recently targeting Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) and South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Alvin M. Greene.

Sloan's announcement means a leadership change is underway at two of Washington's best-known watchdog firms. OMB Watch's Gary Bass announced last month that he will be leaving the group he founded almost 30 years ago.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 19, 2010; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Oversight, Revolving Door  
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