Union: Indictment Won’t Alter Our Political Activities

Washington Free Beacon | 2/12/2019 | Bill McMorris
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BY: Bill McMorris

A powerful Philadelphia union said that the indictment of its president and political director has not affected its political activism.

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Several International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 (IBEW) officials, including longtime leader John "Doc" Dougherty and political director Marita Crawford, were charged with using worker dues to buy political influence and enrich themselves. A union spokesman said the January indictment has not altered its plans to continue acting politically to advance the interests of its members.

"There have been no discussions yet what we will do politically," spokesman Frank Keel told the Washington Free Beacon.

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The Department of Justice also indicted Local 98's former political director Bobby Henon, who now serves as the City Council's Democratic majority leader. Keel said that rather than making the union toxic, they have seen an outpouring of support from lawmakers, other union officials, and other influential movers and shakers inside the city.

"Within political circles, within the membership, and within the broader union environment, the support of this union and its leadership has been almost universal," Keel said. "We are very grateful for the outpouring of support of all factions across Philadelphia, including from elected officials."

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IBEW, which represents more than 4,000 workers, is a big campaign spender on the local and national level. It has spent $40.6 million on federal elections since 2008, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. From 2008 to 2016, the most recent on record, it has spent nearly...
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