Melanie Sloan

A lot of eyebrows were raised when Melanie Sloan and her organization, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, seemed to be shilling for the for-profit college industry. It seemed out of character, since CREW’s done a lot of good work. People were less surprised to see that former Bill Clinton lawyer Lanny Davis was lobbying for them formally, since he’s been a hired gun for a while now, representing an array of corporate interests.

Now, though, the plot thickens as it seems Sloan has left CREW to go work for Davis. My friend Kay Steiger puts the whole timeline together. It looks an awful lot like just another day in the casual corruption of American politics, though both parties insist it’s a coincidence. Either way, they’re dead wrong on the issue at hand.