Federal agents raided the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98 union hall in Philadelphia today. The main reason for the raid appears to be CORRUPTION.
IBEW Local 98 endorsed Hillary Clinton in June and displays an extremely large “Hillary for President” sign outside the hall. The FBI also raided two rowhouses, a pub, and the political offices of a City Councilman. Across the river in New Jersey, MJK Electrical and the home of Brian Burrows, president of Local 98, were also raided.
NBC Philadelphia reports:
A common link for all the search sites became clear immediately: the city’s most influential labor union, IBEW Local 98, and its powerful leader known by the moniker Johnny Doc.
The FBI confirmed by mid-morning that the searches and subsequent seizures of enough boxes to fill an actual rental truck were part of an “ongoing investigation,” apparently into the Philadelphia local for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
John Dougherty, who played a major role in getting Mayor Jim Kenney elected last year and at the same time helped his brother Kevin win a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, paced outside his home as agents searched inside.
Watch as the FBI agents raid the IBEW Local 98:
Doughterty and Kenney met with Clinton in April. “We talked with Ms. Clinton for 20 minutes about her support of Pre-Apprenticeship Programs, diversity in the workforce, and Project Labor Agreements. It was a quick but great meeting and we appreciated Secretary Clinton’s time and attention to our issues.”
After the meeting the Union was able to reach a Project Labor Agreement with the Democratic National Committee. The DNC agreed to use the union for its convention while the union promised not to strike.
The Washington Free Beacon reports the Union spent $80,000 on the convention while Dougherty lobbied Democrat insiders.
Local Union 98 has been extremely active in political spending going so far as to have their political action committee spend around $450,000 during the Philadelphia mayoral campaign last year.
Frank Keel, the IBEW spokesman said he didn’t know anything about an FBI investigation except for media reports of “financial improprieties.”
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