John F Kennedy Organized Crime Analysis

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Throughout history there has been some kind of connection between organized crime and politicians. They both share a desire for power and greed, thus making it not surprising that are connected in various scandals. Organized crime is outlined in the book as an integral part of society’s political, economic, and social structure (Lyman, 2015). Organized crime shares a symbolic relationship with politicians and vice versa. Organize crime, in return for favors, is able to provide public official campaign money, private graft, investment opportunities, and direct assistant in some types of bargaining and negotiations (Lyman, 2015). Also, the right amount of corruption amongst government officials is key to survival and profitability of organized …show more content…
Kennedy’s ties with organized crime did not stop when he made president JFK was able to win the election to presidency because of mob financial support and corruption during his election. Not only did the mob support financial means, but it also provided votes. It was said that Joseph Kennedy struck a political deal with “Skinny” D’Mato whereby votes were bought by mobsters, who then paid off local sheriffs responsible for counting (Lyman, 2015’). With JFK. connections with D’Mato he also formed a friendship with Frank Sinatra, who introduced Judith Campbell. Campbell maintained an intimate friendship with Kennedy and also with Chicago’s mob boss Sam Giancana. Campbell claims that she acted as a courier for JFK and delivered cash to Giancana to use in the 1960 president campaign. Once in office, JFK and his relationship with the mob changed for the worse. JFK and his brother (attorney general) started to pursue the mob and ties to the Teamster Union. .Also, mob leaders became upset that Kennedy had failed to over throw Cuban Leader Fidel Castro (Kiger, 2013). It is speculated that JFK was murdered by the same mob that helped him get into …show more content…
Ronald Reagan’s administration was full of scandal and organized crime ties. Ronald Reagan himself was suspected of having close ties with known organized criminal such as Jackie Presser, Senator Paul Laxalt and Roy Williams. Not to mention his campaign was suspected of receiving endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Teamster. In return for support from organized crime, his administration gave organized crime’s representatives seats on the highest councils of the U.S. government (Lyman, 2015). Reagan is suspected in being involved in shady dealing with profitable and positive outcomes not only for him, but as well as the organized criminals involved. What started as an acting career with MCA, led to a friendship with Lew Wassermann, who was in deep with the mob, thus introducing Reagan and creating controversy and mob ties although Reagans presidency. (Oppenhemimer,

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