The Hill Monitor

How an influential left-wing whistle-blower got people to listen

When the FBI raided his daughter's home three weeks before Election Day, Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon figured he knew exactly whom to blame. The agents were looking for evidence that he had used his influence to help Karen Weldon win lobbying and consulting contracts, but the 10-term Congressman wasn't mad at just them. "It's a woman who runs an organization called CREW," he complained to a blogger for the Daily Pennsylvanian. That woman is a tenacious 40-year-old former prosecutor named Melanie Sloan, whose targets have included Tom DeLay and Mark Foley. She is executive director of the liberal watchdog group Citizens...

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