ENDORSEMENT BANNER ON UNION HALL MIGHT HAVE CAUSED CONFUSION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 12, 2016) — On August 5, ABC News and other outlets reported that the FBI conducted raids in “at least ten locations” in Philadelphia and New Jersey which included the office of the Philadelphia electricians’ union, the IBEW, and Philadelphia City Hall, among other locations.
The focus of the investigation appears to be two individuals, Philadelphia city councilman Bobby Henon and IBEW president John J. Dougherty, as well as the IBEW itself. Henon and Dougherty are described as “close associates.”
By Monday, August 8, some sources were reporting that the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters in Philadelphia was also raided. According to the FBI, however, those reports are not accurate.
The inaccuracies may have stemmed from the fact that the IBEW endorsed Clinton for president earlier this year and that Dougherty was described as a “Hillary supporter.“
Both PI and HotAir.com reported that a Clinton endorsement banner hangs from the front of the union hall, making it appear like a campaign office. “As it turns out, though, the FBI didn’t raid a Hillary Clinton campaign office last Friday — they raided a union hall that looked like a campaign office. In fact, the Philadelphia IBEW location looked more like a campaign office than a real campaign office would,” HotAir wrote on August 9.
On Wednesday, The Post & Email contacted FBI National Press Office to ask if the Clinton Philadelphia campaign office was encompassed in the raids, to which the following response was received:
I can confirm FBI personnel were involved in law enforcement activity at the union hall on Friday but there was no nexus with a Clinton campaign location in the course of their activities.
SSA Matthew Bertron
FBI National Press Office
Email address redacted