As billionaire developer Donald Trump became the toast of New York in the 1980s, he often attributed his rise to salesmanship and verve. “Deals are my art form,” he wrote.But there is another aspect to his success that he doesn’t often discuss. Throughout his early career, Trump routinely gave large campaign contributions to politicians who held sway over his projects and he worked with mob-controlled companies and unions to build them.Americans have rarely contemplated a candidate quite like Trump, 69, who has become the unlikely leader among Republican Party contenders for the White House. He’s a brash Queens-born scion who navigated through one of the most corrupt construction industries in the country to become a brand-name business mogul.

Source: Trump swam in mob-infested waters in early years as an NYC developer – The Washington Post

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