on August 29, 2016 at 7:49 AM, updated August 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM
Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
A federal investigation of Philadelphia’s Electricians’ union has now made its way to city Mayor Jim Kenney’s office, as investigators subpoeanaed finance records and receipts from his campaign committee.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday that Kenney intended to comply with the request, which is related to the federal probe of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and its boss, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty.
“I think the federal government is doing their job, and we’re going to accommodate their requests for information every step of the way,” Kenney told the newspaper. “What will come out will come out.”
According to The Inquirer, Kenney said “The subpoena came shortly after a series of coordinated FBI raids earlier this month on the hall of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and several houses and offices tied to Dougherty and his close allies, including City Councilman Bobby Henon, a former political director for the union who remains on its payroll.”
According to The Inquirer, the warrants have: “sought evidence of possible crimes, including embezzlement of union funds, intimidation of contractors, and extortion by an unnamed government official.
Sources close to the investigation said the probe is also homing in on the union’s financial backing of political candidates. That includes Kenney, as well as Dougherty’s brother, new state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty.
John Dougherty, who is a colorful and controversial figure in the city’s political universe, is among the most powerful Democrats in the state. His union is among those responsible for getting out the vote among city Democrats on Election Day.