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Committee for the Re-Election of the President

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 in his 1972 re-election campaign.

HistoryEdit

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. 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.[citation needed]

The acronym CREEP was derisively applied to the CRP as a nickname by Nixon's opponents; the pejorative became popular due to the Watergate scandal.[3][4]

Prominent membersEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  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. Archived from the original on 2010-05-31. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
  3. ^ "Watergate scandal", Encyclopædia Britannica, by Rick Perlstein, June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
  4. ^ 100 Mistakes that Changed History: Backfires and Blunders That Collapsed Empires, Crashed Economies, and Altered the Course of Our World, by Bill Fawcett, Penguin, October 5, 2010, page 289. Retrieved June 15, 2019.