The 39th President of The United States–Jimmy Carter–used a combination of hard work, charm, moderate policy positions, and knowledge of where power truly lies in the US to build a political career. He first gained support from the Establishment within his local area, and then from the dominant segment of the nation’s ruling class. The key to Carter’s election victory was ultimately the support given by the upperclass groups in New York and Atlanta, but especially New York’s financial and media conglomerates. More so, the individuals Carter chose to occupy the central policymaking positions in his administration were distinctly from Eastern Establishment Organizations such as the Trilateral Commission, the Committee for Economic Development, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, at least, six assistant secretaries of State and Treasury were also commissioners, CFR members, ambassadors, government negotiators, and advisors–all of which make the most important domestic, economic, and foreign policy decisions of the US government by setting the goals and direction for the administration. The Eastern Establishment, and more importantly, the Trilateral Commission helped elect Jimmy Carter as president.