Herbert Kalmbach, President Richard Nixon’s personal attorney who paid hush money to Watergate burglars and later served prison time for breaking campaign-finance laws and selling ambassadorships, has died. He was 95.

He died Sept. 15 in Newport Beach, Calif., according to a death notice published in the Los Angeles Times Sept. 29.

A longtime fund­raiser for and friend of the president, Kalmbach became Nixon’s lawyer after turning down an offer to become undersecretary of commerce in the first Nixon administration.

As the 1972 burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at Washington’s Watergate Hotel developed into a political scandal that would take down Nixon, Kalmbach emerged as a shadowy figure who controlled millions of dollars in campaign money.

Kalmbach was a witness at the nationally broadcast Senate Water­gate hearings in 1973, where he told of raising and distributing more than $200,000 to the burglars on the orders of John Dean, counsel to the president.

During a 1974 federal prosecution of five defendants, the presiding judge, John Sirica, said the payments were “to hush up these people,” while Kalmbach, a cooperating witness, insisted in his testimony that the money was for “attorney fees and family support.”