Committee for the Re-Election of the President

Last updated on 26 May 2017

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,[1] was a fundraising organization of United States President Richard Nixon's administration. Planning began in late 1970 and an office opened in the spring of 1971. Besides its re-election activities, CRP employed money laundering and slush funds, and was involved in the Watergate scandal.[2]

The CRP used $500,000 in funds raised 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.

Prominent members

References

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Committee for the Re-Election of the President Collection: Frederic Malek Papers". Nixon Presidential Library & Museum.

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