The burglary of Democratic headquarters in the Watergate that became famous was actually the second. The first had been carried out two weeks earlier, during which time the burglars planted bugs. The bugs didn’t work properly and the second burglary was to repair them and to steal certain campaign documents. All of this was done to manipulate the course of the upcoming election; that was the basis of the entire operation. The burglars were employed by the Nixon campaign, the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP), which provided the funding for what turned out to be a wide variety of activities aimed at manipulating the presidential race.