From wealthy donors to help him get re-elected
Nixon paid them back in favors just like they expected
To battle corruption Congress passed a new law
The Nixon campaign’s committee (Committee to Re-Elect the President) (yep, that’s right; CREEP) was famous for taking tons of illegal contributions — cash in suitcases — which was eventually uncovered by the Watergate hearings.
There were plenty of examples of alleged payback, but the most colorful was the American Milk Producers who gave $2 million to Nixon, and Nixon reversed a promise to deregulate milk prices, and thus gave the milk industry $100 million in higher prices. The story is told well by NPR:
The new law was the Federal Campaign Act of 1974.
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