The Watergate Scandal caused Americans to reform the proper role of government, signified by limitations on presidential power, increases in investigative journalism, and campaign reform movements after the scandal.
The Watergate Scandal catalyzed reforms to the freedom and ability of the government, particularly the executive branch.
Men dressed as plumbers broke into the Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel.
Reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward publish articles about the break-in.
Richard Nixon becomes the first president to resign.
The organization Investigative Reporters and Editors is founded.
Proper Role of Government
A movie based on the Watergate scandal and investigations was produced.
"All the President's Men"
Congress enacts the War Powers Act to curb the power of the president in war.
Congress enacts Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act.
Federal Election Commission was created to enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Congress passes several amendments to the Federal Campaign Act.
The Supreme Court orders Nixon to give over the tapes.
Richard Nixon is re-elected to the presidency.
FBI determines that the break-in was a product of political spying from Nixon's organizations.