“Here’s the bottom line: If these investigations were simply about me, I’D RETIRE TODAY and save our union any additional headaches, but they’re not,” Dougherty wrote in a letter to members of IBEW Local 98. “The scope of these investigations suggest a comprehensive attack upon multiple aspects of Local 98.”
“Local 98 has had a couple of good years recently, which is another likely reason why we’ve drawn the government’s attention again,” Dougherty continued by touching on the 2014 PA-13 Democratic primary, as well as the State Supreme Court races and Philly Mayoral primary in 2015.
Brennan reports that the FBI and IRS are focusing on the union’s finances and involvement in Kevin Dougherty’s and Jim Kenney’s campaigns. They are also apparently looking into Dougherty’s personal finances and taxes.
“We’ve taken on some of the country’s most deep-pocketed, well-connected corporations,” Dougherty explained. “We don’t shy away from these high profile disputes. We also recognize that our high profile can bring a harsh light shone upon us.”
The labor leader pledged to his members that this disruption wouldn’t change anything.
“I want to assure all of you that it’s business as usual at Local 98.”
UPDATE: The Inquirer acquired the warrant for the search of Dougherty’s home. It revealed the investigators were looking for evidence of embezzlement, intimidation and extortion.