In 1971, Carter met with both David Rockefeller and Hedley Donovan, then editor-in-chief of Time magazine who became Carter's senior adviser on domestic affairs and media relations.
In 1973, leaders of the Establishment were looking for a southern representative and invited Carter to join the Trilateral Commission. This gave Carter access to individuals who could aid his campaign with financial support, advice on strategy and policy positions, and favorable coverage in the mass communications media.
In 1976 the mainstream media decided Jimmy Carter was their man for president. Carter said he would bring new faces and new ideas to Washington, which were not behooved to the Washington and New York-based establishment that had been running things for so long. Carter was an "insider" who campaigned as an "outsider."
At a Boston rally, Carter said “The people of this office know from bitter experience that we are not going to get these changes by shifting around the same group of insiders, the insiders have had their chance and they have not delivered” After he was elected he forgot this promise.
Cater was an active member of the Trilateral Commision. In 1976 he flew to Japan for a meeting of the commission. He claimed the meeting as a campaign expence. The the Commision then reimbursed him $1,323.447 toward Carter campaign for President. Carter’s administration was dominated by members of the Trilateral Commission, which had been founded by Brzezinski and David Rockefeller.
Carter, chose members of the Trilateral Commision, which he was a member of. He names Trilateral Commision as members of his administration Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Owen, Robert Bowie, and Gerard C. Smith. They were also all members of the Council on Foreign Relations. Carter filled his administration with CFR members and Trilateralists.
The architect of Carter's foreign policy was Zbigniew Brzezinski. Brzezinski wrote Carter's major speeches during the campaign. Frank Carlucci13th deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency was a member of the CFR. Stansfield Turner United States Navy Admiral, 12th director of the CIA was a CFR member. Cyrus Vance 57th Secretary of State of the United States was also a member. Harold Brown and Caspar Weinberger, Secretaries of Defense under President Carter and President Reagan, respectively, are both CFR members.
Carter’s administration was packed with CFR insiders Cyrus Vance (Secretary of the Army and the Deputy Secretary of Defense), Werner Michael Blumenthal (Secretary of the Treasury) Harold Brown (Secretary of Defense), and Zbigniew Brzezinski (National Security Advisor) who had been running thing for decades.