WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The White House Friday rejected an information request from a liberal watchdog group that was hoping to link the administration to an anti-Kerry group.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, was told in a letter that the federal Freedom of Information Act did not require the release of the type of information it was seeking.
CREW had requested copies of any information pertaining to contacts between the Executive Office of the President and members of the anti-Kerry Swift Boat Veterans for Truth or anyone associated with it.
Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry has charged the veterans' group is a front for the Bush campaign, in part because several prominent Texas Republicans with ties to Bush have contributed money to the anti-Kerry group.
CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said the denial of the FOIA request smacked of a cover-up.
"If the White House really had nothing to do with (Swift Boat Veterans for Truth) or its ads, then there was no reason for it to deny CREW's request ... Its refusal to respond suggests that there is information the White House would prefer not become public."