As Teamsters Head Pleads Guilty, Healey, Other Dems Still Benefit From Donations

BOSTON -- The former head of the local Teamsters union pleaded guilty today to hardball tactic that included harassing women and the use of racist and homophobic slurs - yet top Massachusetts Democrats have continued to benefit from contributions from the union, even as legal proceedings continued over the course of the past year. 

"Top Democrats like AG Healey have continued to receive campaign contributions from a group whose members have now pled guilty to what the US Attorney called 'old school thug tactics,' including the use of racist and homophobic slurs. On the campaign trail, Healey herself said she would 'hold people accountable' related to these accusations, so it should be an easy call to return the donations." -MassGOP spokesman Terry MacCormack 
 

Background

The former head of the local Teamsters pleaded guilty to federal charges today after the union engaged in hardball tactics in 2014. "The former head of a local Teamsters union reluctantly pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal attempted extortion charge for using strong-arm tactics against a TV production crew in a case with ties to City Hall." (Milton Valencia, "Teamsters head pleads guilty in Top Chef case," Boston Globe, 9/15/16)

Last year's indictment accused the members of engaging "old school thug tactics" and the use of racist and homophobic slurs. "Four members of a local Teamsters union were indictedWednesday on federal extortion charges, accused of harassing and intimidating a television show production crew with what US Attorney Carmen Ortiz called “old school thug tactics’’ that reflected 'poorly on our city.’...'The defendants yelled profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at the crew and others,' prosecutors said in an indictment filed in federal court in Boston. " (Milton Valencia and Andrew Ryan, "Teamsters face charges over ‘Top Chef’ harassment," Boston Globe, 9/30/15)

Healey defended the union after the indictment last year. (Stephanie Ebbert, "Healey defends Teamsters union," Boston Globe, 10/8/15)

Healey and other Democrats have continued to accept campaign donations from the Teamsters as legal proceedings continued. Besides more contributions this year, past contributions include a $15,000 donation to Healey, which the A.G. returned due to an 'unrelated campaign finance violation,' not due to the Teamsters' charges. (Source: OCPF -Healey |  Goldberg | Galvin)

Maura Healey said she would "hold people accountable" related to these accusations in 2014. (Video, "AG candidate Maura Healey addresses accusations of Teamster slurs," Boston Herald, 8/21/14)

 

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