Hughes Hires Rebozo Buddy Danner

Hughes (Maheu) hires Richard Danner in February 1969, just a few weeks after Nixon’s inauguration. He was put in charge of the Frontier Hotel. But one reason for bringing him aboard was that he could act as go-between for Hughes and Nixon through Rebozo. Even Hughes couldn’t just walk up to the White House and hand the President a bundle of cash. Danner was a friend of both Nixon and Rebozo, had been for 20 years and claimed he had introduced the two. According to Danner’s executive session Watergate testimony, $50,000 in $100 bills was removed from the safe at The Frontier. He gave the money to Rebozo to pass along to Nixon. (The cash was a campaign contribution, according to Danner.)