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Opinion| President Trump carried Pennsylvania in 2016 in a major surprise and Democrats plans to reclaim the state as their own is key to unseating Trump in 2020.
Wednesday’s announcement that Philadelphia labor kingpin John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, along with 6 cronies, on a 116-count indictment that includes embezzlement, bribery and theft, threatens the hopes of national Democrats to reclaim control over Pennsylvania’s electoral votes in 2020.
Dougherty - Union - Source - Campaign - Funding
Dougherty’s union is the single biggest independent source of campaign funding in Pennsylvania.
All seven of the accused are affiliated with Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Announcement - Federal - Officials - Details - Investigation
In making the announcement Federal officials revealed details of their long-running investigation into the region’s largest electrical union and its influential leader at a Wednesday morning press conference.
Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon was also among those charged with embezzlement, bribery, and theft. Henon has a paid position with the IBEW.
Indictments - Years - FBI - IRS - Union
The indictments come more than two years after the FBI and IRS raided union sites, homes, and offices tied to those involved with union.
According to Philly.com, Local 98′s money and influence have helped mayors, council members, commissioners, legislators, governors, and judges rise to power.
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