Union boss and pal to Hitlery and the DNC, Johnny “Doc” Dougherty had his home, office, and bar raided by federal agents on Friday.
According to sources inside the mainstream media traveling circus, “Nothing to see here, folks. Move along!”
During the Democratic National Convention, the office of Philadelphia’s most powerful construction union stood out, decked in an enormous sign declaring “Hillary for President.” But on Friday morning, the union headquarters captured public attention for a different reason: a yellow Penske semi-truck parked on the curb outside, packed with dozens of boxes of evidence lugged out of the office by federal agents.
Authorities raided not only the office of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 but also the home of its powerful leader, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty, who is also head of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council. In addition, law enforcement searched a pub run by Johnny Doc and other union bosses, as well as the offices of a labor-connected Philadelphia city councilman.
The searches occurred just a week after Johnny Doc and the construction unions played a central behind-the-scenes role at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Earlier this year, Johnny Doc had accompanied Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Congressman Bob Brady for a meeting with Hillary Clinton to discuss union issues, including project-labor agreements, posing for a photo with her:
And in June, Johnny Doc inked a project-labor agreement with the DNC, vowing not to strike or picket; in exchange, Democratic officials used union labor for hundreds of convention-related positions. Johnny Doc posted Facebook photos of himself at the convention site last week and told the Philadelphia Inquirer his union spent more than $80,000 on parties attended by local power brokers.
Such flashy expenditures may now be central to a growing federal probe of Johnny Doc and his union. The Inquirer reported that the investigation involves agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service, focusing on the “alleged misuse of union funds.”
Already, some rank-and-file Local 98 members held grudges about how union funds collected through dues, as well as money they are pressured to contribute to the union’s political action committee, ended up at a bar operated by top union brass, Doc’s Union Pub, which was searched Friday.
Since 2012, Local 98’s PAC has directly spent more than $206,000 at Doc’s Union Pub; in 2015, the union also spent $5,500 in union dues at the restaurant, Heat Street has discovered after reviewing Federal Election Commission records.
In the last decade, Local 98’s PAC has also spent more than $364,000 at Mike Connell Catering, a catering company that appears to operate solely out of Doc’s Union Pub, the records show.
Similarly, between 2001 and 2012 alone, Local 98-supported political candidates and committees spent more than $455,000 at Doc’s Union Pub and Mike Connell Catering.
The union’s Department of Labor disclosures also contain some eyebrow-raising expenditures.