My question, however technical it may be: why did the burglars bring crisp new dollar bills with them to the actual break-in?
It might be an obscure Watergate question but no one has focused or even mentioned it. I've read a couple of books, watched All the President's Men and intently listened to available podcasts. None mention the crisp dollar bills!
The burglars brought with them roughly $2300 in new, mostly $100 dollar bills, with serial numbers in sequence! In today's currency that is almost $13,900. But, why bring that money with them at all? The burglars had an accomplice supposedly looking out for them from across the street with binoculars and a radio for communication. He could have kept the money if it was their payment. Was the money supposed to be planted in the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, and if so for what (convoluted) purpose?
Am I missing something obvious, because it feels that way? Please help me out.