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NEWS
April 23, 2003
ONCE AGAIN, you've mistaken opinion for reporting. The articles that were in the April 14 and 15 papers about Electricians union boss John Dougherty could have been printed during the time of the the McCarthy era. He has been blamed for everything from bribery to tampering with minority contracts - amazing that you think Mr. Dougherty has that much power. I'm sure if a bomb were dropped over the city, he would be blamed for that. You even tried to portray the fact that he may be encouraging people to get involved with their neighborhoods and jump-start the city in a negative fashion.
NEWS
January 16, 1991 | By Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
John Dougherty, a retired Philadelphia police officer whose calm, professional demeanor was an example to scores of young officers who worked with him, died Sunday. He was 84 and lived in the city's Overbrook section. Dougherty was with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1945 until he retired in 1965. He then went to work in security at Villanova University, retiring from that job in 1974. When Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas McGeehan joined the department in 1957, he was assigned to the old 38th District, now the 18th District, headquartered at 55th and Pine streets.
NEWS
March 13, 2008
State. Sen. Vincent J. Fumo's decision to not seek reelection leaves union boss John Dougherty as the clear front-runner. That's good for Dougherty, but troubling for reform-minded voters. In some respects, Dougherty is a junior version of Fumo - though without the Mensa membership. Both are brash, colorful, South Philadelphia characters. In fact, Dougherty was once a Fumo acolyte. Like Fumo, he can be pugnacious and charming. Dougherty also does lots of good work, but he and his union buddies at times have acted like thugs.
NEWS
April 17, 2008
John Dougherty has some really good friends. One unrelated pal, Donald "Gus" Dougherty, allegedly did more than $100,000 worth of work at John's house free. Another friend, Peter DePaul, a well-connected developer, let Dougherty stay at DePaul's $3,000-a-month waterfront apartment free while Dougherty's home was undergoing a $400,000 renovation. Federal prosecutors are looking at these relationships as part of a broader probe of the union boss. He has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.
NEWS
December 13, 2012
January 2006: Federal agents search the South Philadelphia home of John J. Dougherty's childhood friend, Donald J. "Gus" Dougherty Jr. Donald Dougherty is not related to John Dougherty. February 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Redevelopment Authority. John Dougherty was chairman of the authority. March 2006: Federal authorities subpoena records from the Pennsport Civic Association. John Dougherty was its president. November 2006: Federal agents execute a search warrant at John Dougherty's South Philadelphia home.
NEWS
April 29, 2008 | By CATHERINE LUCEY, luceyc@phillynews.com 215-854-4172
Union leader John Dougherty yesterday resigned as chairman of the powerful city Redevelopment Authority. In a letter to Mayor Nutter, Dougherty, head of the electricians union, said that he had accomplished all of his goals during eight years as unpaid head of the authority, which spends millions of dollars reviving blighted areas. Dougherty's resignation, effective tomorrow, comes a week after he lost a bid for the Democratic nomination to the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Vince Fumo.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, NQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
John Dougherty worked a BlackBerry and a flip phone, gathering intelligence and transmitting orders Tuesday morning as reinforcements filtered into the Edward O'Malley Recreation Center in South Philadelphia. They would be the second wave of Local 98's Democratic primary operation. "Yo, you and Nico, are you in the truck?" Dougherty said. "How far are you? OK. Come back to EOM and grab some of these shirts and hats. " Soon, piles of red shirts and mesh trucker hats advertising First District Council candidate Mark Squilla - and green ones touting at-large Councilman Bill Green - were speeding toward 10th and Dickinson Streets.
NEWS
June 27, 2007 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Philadelphia electrical contractor was charged yesterday with stealing $869,000 from a union benefits plan, bribing a bank executive, and "making illegal payments" to labor leader John J. Dougherty. These "illegal payments," authorities said, included the sale of a house to John Dougherty for $24,000 below market value and $115,000 worth of electrical work on the labor leader's Philadelphia home. Dougherty was not charged with a crime, but U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan said that the case remains open and that the related transactions "are still of great interest to investigators.
NEWS
January 19, 2000 | By Michael Sandler, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
From the cabin of his weather-beaten Ford truck, John Dougherty shows off the roads in Elk Township. These roads belong to Dougherty. For nearly a half-century, he has watched them evolve from dirt to blacktop. He has trudged along them on foot, trimming branches, patching holes and picking up debris. When winter brought snow, Dougherty steered the plow. "One of the worst years, I plowed snow 23 times in the month of January," said Dougherty, who will turn 82 next month. "It was no big storm, but it seemed like every night I'd get up. " But the next time snow falls on Elk Township, Dougherty will have the option of sleeping in. Last month, he stepped down from the township's Board of Supervisors after choosing not to run for reelection.
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September 16, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney's appointee to lead the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment resigned Wednesday, three weeks after his home and office were raided by FBI agents investigating the powerful electricians union and its leader, John Dougherty. James Moylan, a South Philadelphia chiropractor and longtime friend of the union chief, made the decision to step down in consultation with the mayor and his administration, mayoral spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said Wednesday. "The Mayor believes Dr. Moylan has done an exemplary job as the chair of the [Zoning Board]
NEWS
September 13, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Dan McElhatton could be called the first casualty of labor leader John Dougherty's rise to power. As the City Councilman faced reelection in 1995, Dougherty and his electricians union backed a challenger, Rick Mariano, who at the end of a ruthless and bitter fight came out on top. Fast-forward two decades and Dougherty has repeated the playbook again and again. That has resulted, over the years, in there being Council members viewed as beholden to the union that Dougherty has led since 1993, Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
NEWS
September 9, 2016
RICK MARIANO - you know, former city councilman, did about five years in the clink for bribery, tried his hand at stand-up comedy, learned Krav Maga, says whatever he damn well pleases these days - made a surprise visit to City Council's chambers on Thursday for its first session back from summer vacation. "Suit. Tie. Ponytail," political writer Chris Brennan reported from City Hall, capturing Mariano 's aesthetic with stunning efficiency. Mariano said he was looking for work.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
When the FBI raided the headquarters of powerful labor leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty and hauled out hundreds of cartons of records, they made sure to grab those of an obscure union subsidy program called "market recovery. " The records did not detail payments to Dougherty's Local 98 electrical workers but rather the reverse: cash from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to the bank accounts of contracting companies themselves. Of the nearly $900,000 in subsidies Local 98 paid out to contractors in 2015, U.S. Labor Department records show more than $300,000 went to two contractors - Dougherty Electric Inc. and MJK Electric Corp.
NEWS
September 5, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Jane M. Von Bergen, and Craig R. McCoy, STAFF WRITERS
John J. Dougherty, leader of the Philadelphia electricians union, has shaken off FBI scrutiny before. But a decade after federal authorities last tried to build a case against him, Dougherty and his 4,700-member union appear to be in the crosshairs of an even more aggressive legal assault. For the last month, FBI raids on union offices and homes and businesses of key allies have signaled the existence of a multipronged investigation into the influence the union has wielded at job sites and polling booths for decades.
NEWS
August 31, 2016
ISSUE | JOHN DOUGHERTY A labor and civic leader The media is fixated on the government investigations into Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electical Workers and its business manager, John J. Dougherty ("U.S. targets another Dougherty ally," Friday). Bad headlines always take priority in newsrooms. Dougherty and Local 98 have had their fair share of negative press over the years, yet they not only have survived but have thrived. Dougherty is not only a great labor leader - he's also one of our city's most effective civic leaders.
NEWS
August 27, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Hours after the FBI raided Bobby Henon's City Hall office, the councilman fired off a statement on Twitter. "Any seniors out there need a PA Senior Citizen Transit ID card?" he tweeted. "My office can help!" In the three weeks since, it has been more of the same, a string of business-as-usual posts about community cleanup days and free financial-planning courses that belie the trouble Henon seems to be in with federal authorities. The councilman has repeatedly refused to answer questions.
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITER
John Dougherty, leader of the politically powerful electricians union, told his members in a letter that a federal investigation that went public on Aug. 5 is as much about them as it is about him. "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 said in the letter to members of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers....
NEWS
August 26, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Mark Fazlollah, and Chris Brennan, STAFF WRITERS
The focus of a federal investigation into the powerful Electricians union and its leader, John Dougherty, became clearer this week with the seizure of a computer belonging to an agent of the state Attorney General's Office. According to the search warrant used in the seizure, federal agents are seeking evidence that union funds were embezzled and that contractors were intimidated by "use of economic fear. " The warrant also cites possible extortion by an unnamed public official. The FBI served the warrant Tuesday to gather information about a veteran agent, seizing his work computer at the agency's Philadelphia office, officials said.
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Solomon Jones
THE INHERENT conflicts of interest between Philadelphia's union bosses and political figures were brought sharply into focus by last week's FBI raids on Electricians Union leader John Dougherty and City Council Majority Leader Bobby Henon. To be clear, neither man has been charged with a crime, and we don't yet know what the FBI was seeking, though multiple published reports say the raids focused on the union's finances. In my view, the raids reiterated that the connection between Dougherty and Henon, who serves as City Council's majority leader while simultaneously working in a paid position for the Electricians Union, is improper on its face.
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