Committee for the Re-Election of the President
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The Committee for the Re-Election of the President (also known as the Committee to Re-elect the President), abbreviated CRP but often mocked by the acronym CREEP, was a fundraising organization of United States President Richard Nixon's administration. Besides its re-election activities, CRP employed money laundering and slush funds and was directly and actively involved in the Watergate scandal.
The CRP used $500,000 in funds raised for the purpose to re-elect President Nixon to pay legal expenses for the five Watergate burglars after their indictment in September 1972, in exchange for their silence and perjury. This act helped turn the burglary into an explosive political scandal. The burglars, as well as G. Gordon Liddy, E. Howard Hunt, John N. Mitchell, and other Nixon administration figures, were imprisoned over the break-in and their efforts to cover it up.
The CRP was also connected, e.g. via personnel overlap, to the earlier group called the White House Plumbers.
- John N. Mitchell, Director
- Jeb Stuart Magruder, Deputy Director
- Fred Malek, Manager
- Francis L. Dale, Chairman
- Maurice Stans, Finance Chairman
- Herbert W. Kalmbach, Deputy Finance Chairman
- Kenneth H. Dahlberg, Midwest Finance Chairman
- Hugh W. Sloan, Jr., Treasurer
- James W. McCord, Jr., Security Coordinator
- G. Gordon Liddy, Finance Counsel; former aide to John Ehrlichman.
- E. Howard Hunt, Consultant to the White House
- Donald Segretti, Attorney involved
- Fred LaRue, Deputy Director; aide to John Mitchell
- Charles Colson, Special Counsel to the President
- DeVan L. Shumway, Spokesman
- Roger Stone, political operative
- "Committee for the Re-Election of the President Collection: Frederic Malek Papers". Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.
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