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Johnny Dougherty

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John J. "Johnny Doc" Dougherty is a prominent labor leader in Philadelphia. He is the Business Manager of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.[1][failed verification] As a leader within the Philadelphia organized labor scene, Dougherty is a prominent political figure who helps Democratic candidates get elected by directing donations and volunteers.[2][3]

Early life and education

Dougherty grew up in the Pennsport section of South Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle University in Belfield, Philadelphia.[4]


He had a famous and long-standing feud with former Senator Vince Fumo.[5] The political website PoliticsPA likened the relationship to the Hatfield-McCoy feud[2] During the 2008 Democratic primary for the 1st senatorial district in the Pennsylvania Senate in Philadelphia, Dougherty was dealt a surprising defeat by Larry Farnese, who was heavily supported by Fumo.[6][7] Following Dougherty's concession, Fumo was heard chanting "Doc is dead! Doc is dead!"[7]

In 2003, he was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list of politically influential people in Pennsylvania.[2] In 2003, he was named to the Pennsylvania Report “Power 75” List.[8] In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the most influential Democrats in Pennsylvania.[9]

In 2015, he endorsed former Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney for Mayor of Philadelphia. His endorsement was a driving factor in his win in a crowded Democratic primary.[4]

Legal issues

Federal indictments

In January 2019, Dougherty was indicted in an IBEW Local 98 investigation that charged him for misusing union funds for personal benefit and corrupting a public official, along with other related allegations.[10] Dougherty has plead not guilty.[11][12]

In November 2020, the federal judge overseeing the case ruled that the indictment would be split into separate trials. One trial will include all remaining defendants and cover the allegations of embezzlement and self-enrichment. The other trial will only include Dougherty and co-defendant Bobby Henon on charges of corruption, bribery, and honest services fraud. Since the indictment was filed, a number of Dougherty’s co-defendants have plead guilty.

In March 2021, Dougherty and a relative, Gregory Fiocca, were arrested and charged in another federal indictment with 19 counts of conspiracy and extortion. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has accused Dougherty and Fiocca of threatening a contractor “through force and violence, and threats of violence and economic harm”.[13][14]

Department of Labor civil suit

In January 2021, following another FBI raid of IBEW Local 98 headquarters, the US Department of Labor filed a civil suit to nullify Dougherty’s most recent election as the union’s Business Manager. The suit alleges Dougherty and associates intimidated potential challengers to Dougherty and warned of reprisals should any contest the election, which took place after Dougherty’s 2019 federal indictment.[15]


  1. ^ "IBEW 98 Officers". IBEW 98 Web Site. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98. 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-06. John J. Dougherty Business Manager
  2. ^ a b c "Power 50". PoliticsPA. The Publius Group. 2003. Archived from the original on 2004-04-17.
  3. ^ Barnes, Tom (April 13, 2008). "Area Democratic senators taking sides in race for veteran Vince Fumo's seat". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  4. ^ a b "What's up, Johnny Doc? Meet Jim Kenney's not-so-secret weapon".
  5. ^ Neri, Al (December 2002). "Others to Watch". The Insider. Archived from the original on 2010-09-15.
  6. ^ "2008 General Primary - Senator in the General Assembly". Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information. Pennsylvania Department of State. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-05-14.
  7. ^ a b Namako, Tom (Apr 30, 2008). "Out with the Old?". Philadelphia City Paper. Archived from the original on 2008-09-27.
  8. ^ "The PA Report "Power 75" List" (PDF). Pennsylvania Report. Capitol Growth. January 31, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2006.
  9. ^ Roarty, Alex; Sean Coit (January 2010). "Pennsylvania Influencers" (PDF). Politics Magazine. pp. 44–49. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-02-08.
  10. ^ DALE, MARYCLAIRE. "Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others".
  11. ^ Roebuck, Jeremy. "'Johnny Doc' blasts case against him and Councilman Henon in bid to have corruption charges thrown out".
  12. ^ Roebuck, Jeremy. "Can a paycheck be a bribe? Johnny Doc's lawyers say no, push to dismiss case involving Council member Henon".
  13. ^ "Philly labor leader Johnny Doc was indicted again, this time for threatening a contractor". Philadelphia Inquirer. March 3, 2021.
  14. ^ "Feds arrest labor leader John Dougherty on new extortion charges". March 3, 2021.
  15. ^ "US Labor Department Lawsuit Accuses Johnny Doc, IBEW Local 98 Leaders Of Intimidating Challengers – CBS Philly". CBS3 Philadelphia. 2021-01-08. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
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