Conservative's PAC: Media's Failure to Vet Donald Trump's Business Record and Mob Ties EASY TO WATCH VIDEO New & Improved Now with Politifact confirmation

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    Mar 04, 2016 10:54 PM GMT

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Reporter: "My family...was in the hotel business in Las Vegas and I can tell you (that) you can not do business in Las Vegas...without dealing with some mob..."

    "The media has failed to investigate him."

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    Mar 05, 2016 4:00 PM GMT
    There have been multiple media reports about (Donald Trump's) business dealings with the mob, with the mafia." — Ted Cruz on Sunday, February 28th, 2016 in comments on Meet the Press

    Yes, Donald Trump has been linked to the mob

    Donald Trump "seems terrified to release his taxes" because they may reveal his true net worth, his donations to liberal causes, or something even seedier, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested on Meet the Press.

    "There have been multiple media reports about Donald's business dealings with the mob, with the mafia," Cruz said Feb. 28. "Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported."

    Pressed by host Chuck Todd to back up his claim, Cruz cited reports by ABC and CNN. A Cruz spokesman forwarded us several other media reports detailing the real estate developer’s alleged ties to organized crime....

    Mafia concrete for Trump Plaza

    Trump was first tied to the mafia in the 1980s...

    Atlantic City partnerships

    Trump’s alleged mob dealings were not confined to New York. According to reports from the Huffington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, Trump made a deal in Atlantic City with Kenneth Shapiro, an associate of mob boss Nicky Scarfo...

    A few years later, Trump’s organized crime connections extended overseas. In 1992, a Senate subcommittee named Danny Leung, who was then the vice president for foreign marketing at Trump Taj Mahal, as an associate of the Hong Kong-based organized crime group 14K Triad....

    Mob-linked business adviser

    And there’s Felix Sater, "a twice-convicted Russian émigré who served prison time and had documented mafia connections" and the subject of the ABC story Cruz referenced....

    Cruz’s statement is accurate. Media reports have linked Trump to mafia bosses and mob-connected business associates for decades.

    We rate the claim True.