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 and former United States Attorney General.
- Jeb Stuart Magruder, Deputy Director
- Fred Malek, Manager and former Deputy Undersecretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.
- Francis L. Dale, Chairman, publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer and owner of the Cincinnati Reds.
- Maurice Stans, Finance Chairman and former United States Secretary of Commerce.
- Herbert W. Kalmbach, Deputy Finance Chairman and the President's personal attorney.
- Kenneth H. Dahlberg, Midwest Finance Chairman and developer of the Miracle-Ear hearing aid.
- Hugh W. Sloan, Jr., Treasurer and former aide to White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman.
- James W. McCord, Jr., Security Coordinator and former director of security at the Central Intelligence Agency.
- G. Gordon Liddy, Finance Counsel and former aide to John Ehrlichman.
- E. Howard Hunt, Consultant to the White House and retired CIA operative.
- Donald Segretti, Attorney involved. Was hired by Herbert Kalmbach.
- Fred LaRue, Deputy Director and aide to John Mitchell
- Charles Colson, Special Counsel to the President
- DeVan L. Shumway, Spokesman
- Roger Stone, political operative
- Joan Hoff (2010). L. Edward Purcell, ed. Richard Milhous Nixon. Vice Presidents: A Biographical Dictionary. Infobase Publishing. p. 351. ISBN 978-1-4381-3071-2.
- "Committee for the Re-Election of the President Collection: Frederic Malek Papers". Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.
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