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Watergate's Legislative Legacy

The Watergate committee published a final report on June 27, 1974. Congress passed a number of the committee’s legislative recommendations including revisions to the Federal Election Campaign Act. The changes imposed limitations on expenses and contributions, required regular reporting by election committees, and established a means for public financing of presidential nominating conventions and primary elections. In 1978 Congress approved the Ethics in Government Act requiring financial disclosure by executive and judicial branch officials, establishing the Office of Government Ethics as an oversight agency and allowing for the appointment of a special prosecutor.