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Donald Trump or Bill Gates

Select an elite figure from any of Dye's key sectors of power. Utilizing a minimum of three sources, write a paper that addresses the following points:
Dye's key sectors of power are: a) industrial (nonfinancial) corporations, b) banking, c)insurance, d) investments, e) mass media, f) law, g) education, h) foundations, i) civic and cultural organizations, and j) government

I would like to use Donald Trump or Bill Gates - PLEASE WRITE ON ONE OR THE OTHER, NOT BOTH

i. What is the basis of the selected figure's power? Is it derived from wealth, influence over information distribution, immediate access to policymakers, or any combination of the above?

ii. What strategies does the selected elite figure use to maintain status and influence? Networking with other elites, business practices, direct political participation?

iii. Provide specific examples of how the selected elite figure has influenced public policy. What were the obstacles? How were they overcome?

iv. Does your selected elite figure provide an apt example of social mobility? Is the individual a self-made mogul, or was his or her power largely inherited?

v. Do the activities of the elite you selected support how elitist theorists explain wealth and power in America?

vi. Assess whether or not the power wielded by the selected elite figure positively or negatively represents your interests.

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For the purpose of our assignment, I will select Donald Trump, the Real Estate Magnate and producer and star of TV show "The Apprentice." is not only an icon in the worlds of real estate and TV ? he is a master of selling himself, and his name, to a vast array of products.

source: http://abcnews.go.com/Business/FunMoney/story?id=2740447

What is the basis of the selected figure's power? Is it derived from wealth, influence over information distribution, immediate access to policymakers, or any combination of the above?

Wealth is certainly one of the key basis of power for Donald Trump. Further, he is not considered powerful and respected just because he has lot of wealth. Donald Trump is known to give second chances and is considered to be a fair man in the business world. That says a lot about his spiritual power. He is also respected and looked upon as an icon and powerful leader because he is fair to his workers.

Further, he also donates a lot of money in charity. Most people that know him personally have stated on television that he is kind, loving and very giving. People say that he is blessed with wisdom. He seems to know where to put his money to make more of it.

Donald Trumps money does not only go to him. It actually goes to people that are in need. He builds beautiful buildings so that people can live in them. Having a place to live is something that everyone needs. He is also building for future generations. He has many friends that love him dearly and he has a lot of care in everything that he does. Donald Trump makes moves to benefit him and others.

Caring and loving others is something that all religions teach. It is said to please God and humanity. The working power behind Trump is not just his money, it is more of the character and the man that he is.

source: http://www.ufodigest.com/news/0107/trump.html

ii. What strategies does the selected elite figure use to maintain status and influence? Networking with other elites, business practices, direct political participation?

Donald Trump does a wide variety of things to maintain his status and influence. First of all, it is his ...

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I would like to use Donald Trump.

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