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on August 25, 2016 at 7:54 AM
The finer points of a federal investigation into Philadelphia’s politically influential Electricians union, and its leader, John Dougherty, have emerged courtesy of a warrant attached to the probe.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that, “according to the search warrant used in the seizure, federal agents are seeking evidence that union funds were embezzled and that contractors were intimidated by ‘use of economic fear.’ The warrant also cites possible extortion by an unnamed public official.”
The Inky’s Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah and Chris Brennan report that the warrant, served Tuesday, was used to gather information about a veteran agent of the Attorney General’s Office.
The feds seized the agent’s work computer at the AG’s Philadelphia office, officials said. Sources have identified the agent as a man named Joseph Ralston, The Inquirer reported.
The warrant sought, at least in part, the communications that Ralston had with Bobby Henon, a member of Philadelphia City Council, the Inky reported.
In addition to being a member of City Council, Henon is also holds a a $72,000-a-year position with Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which Dougherty runs.
According to the Inky, “Henon’s City Hall and district offices were among the locations searched by federal agents Aug. 5. Federal agents that day conducted searches of more than a dozen locations tied to Local 98, including the union headquarters and the home of Dougherty, the union’s business agent.”
The Electricians’ union has been a power-player in city and state politics for years. John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, whose brother is state Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty, is among the most influential Democratic labor leaders in the state.
Earlier this year, Dougherty faced scrutiny for allegedly trading blows with a non-union contractor in South Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Business Journal reported.
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