Welp, now that our District Attorney is safely down the shitter, what’s next? It’s the other shoe that’s been waiting to drop of course: the FBI investigation into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.
Several sources have relayed to Philadelinquency that the FBI released target letters a month ago to several Local98 officials in relation to last summer’s shocking FBI raids of the union and its leadership.
But some who also received target letters are not on the union’s payroll. Of those that received target letters, all sources agreed that Edgar “Sonny” Campbell, Jr., who is not on Local98’s board but instead is a powerful Democratic ward leader was one of the recipients. This has led to broad speculation as to the nature of what the FBI is actually investigating.
FBI target letters also went out to several members of Councilman Bobby Henon’s staff. Henon staff’s involvement came to light when the City revealed that it was picking up legal costs for at least one of them in lieu of the FBI raid.
It is not yet known whether Dougherty or Henon have received target letters asking them to participate in the grand jury proceedings.
Henon, as all who remember from last year, was a particular focal point of the FBI raids into the union. His constituency office in the Northeast was raided as well as his office inside City Hall.
An FBI target letter is a courtesy letter telling you that you are included in a criminal investigation and that you may be asked to testify before a Federal grand jury. Target letters almost always inform the recipient that they are going to be asked to produce evidence and answer questions before the grand jury.
Target letters also signify that an FBI investigation is close to wrapping up and indictments could be a few short months away.
IBEW98, “Local98”, “98”, as it’s known, is not just any old building trades union. It’s the most powerful political force in Philadelphia if not the whole state. IBEW98’s business manager Johnny “Doc” Dougherty is its business manager. Johnny Doc’s brother sits on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. More than half of all the sitting members of Philadelphia City Council owe their political existence to Dougherty in some form or another. When Councilman Kenyatta Johnson felt he was being snubbed by Doc, he accused Dougherty of having a “plantation mentality“. Such is the power of Doc.
Mayor Kenney can’t even hold himself at arm’s length from the Doc’ster. He installed Jim Moylan, Johnny Doc’s chiropractor, to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Moylan had to resign in the wake of the FBI raids as his home was searched.
If you don’t know anything about unions and Philly to get a feel for how significant this FBI probe could be on the local political landscape, you need to stop now and go read this.