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I'm a little shook. Just discovered that my family had a small role in Watergate. Thread to follow.
My grandfather, Nathan Tannenbaum, was a CPA who founded his own firm, N. Tannenbaum & Co., in Manhattan. Their biggest client was Leon Hess, who built the Hess Oil empire and later owned the New York Jets.
I remember, as a kid, learning that the partners at N. Tannenbaum & Co. were my grandfather, my father, the brothers Irving and Philip Warshauer, and Irwin Gleich -- maybe one or two other partners, but it was a small firm. As they say in Captain Underpants, Remember that now.
I was trying to find some info about my grandfather's firm when I came across this Washington Post article from Nov. 1973, about a week after Nixon's "I am not a crook" speech.

Leon Hess wanted to give a lot of money to Nixon's reelection campaign. And he didn't care that there were laws that limited how much money a person could donate to a politician. So he set up a scam with Irving Warshauer, my dad's and my grandfather's partner.
Hess, evidently, gave $135,000 to Irving Warshauer, who, it seems, sent that money to the Nixon campaign using multiple checks of $9,000, each supposedly from a different person.
In July 1973, Nixon refused to give special prosecutor Archibald Cox the tapes he'd made in the White House, which were believed to contain evidence of a coverup by the president. (Sound familiar?) By late 1973, the Washington Post had a lot of reporters investigating Watergate.
Also in July 1973, Irving Warshauer died. So when the Post called N. Tannenbaum & Co. to ask questions about the fishy donations to Nixon, Irv was not around to answer. The Post contacted his brother, Philip Warshauer, who ratted out his brother.
Irving "probably instigated" illegal donations, said Philip, who was probably not a big Nixon admirer. Another N. Tannenbaum partner, Irwin Gleich, tried to outwit reporters: "I didn't say that I made [a $9,000] contribution and I'm not denying it either."
Gleich "became especially edgy" when WaPo reporters asked how he, a middle-class CPA, could afford a $9,000 donation. (In today's money, about $53,000.) The reporters investigated the value of Gleich's house, as part of their article.
The Post also contacted several people who'd ostensibly contributed $9,000 to Nixon, but who denied the money was actually from them. A Hess representative did not deny that he'd been the source of the "Warshauer group"'s $135,000 donations.
My dad, who never mentioned this, died a few years ago. I would love to ask him about this! I'd see Gleich and the Warshauers when I went into the city to play with adding machines in my dad's office, and I'd see them on social occasions. They were rat fuckers!
Irving Warshauer, who might have been facing Federal prosecution, was luckily dead. I don't know if anything happened to Gleich, who died in 2000. I always thought accountants were boring, but maybe I was wrong.
If there are any #Watergate historians who can tell me more about the incidents I described above, please get in touch.
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