By Kevin Galvin
Associated Press Writer
January 17, 1998
WASHINGTON (AP) --
Telephone records cast doubt on embattled Teamsters President
Ron Carey's contention that he had little contact with his former
campaign manager, who has pleaded guilty to a fund-raising conspiracy.
But the records, which are among 21 new exhibits
that will be introduced Tuesday at a hearing on whether to expel
Carey from the union, also show many more calls from campaign
chief Jere Nash to the offices of his key co-conspirator, Martin
Other documents include Carey campaign financial
statements, affidavits from union leaders and a memorandum that
shows some Teamsters may have considered targeting spending on
union programs to boost Carey's re-election chances.
The telephone records and other documents
were obtained by The Associated Press.
In a memo to top Carey aide Aaron Belk, written
at a time Nash was making the transition from consulting with
the union on budgetary matters to taking the helm of Carey's re-election,
Nash suggested spending could be targeted to help Carey retain
``Consider adding more spending authority
to targeted departments and/or divisions to assist with the re-election
campaign,'' Nash wrote in the March 10, 1996 memo.
He wrote that the union's education and organizing
departments ``could be given a `spending bump' for 1996.''
Investigators for the court-appointed Independent
Review Board questioned another Carey aide, Robert Hauptman, who
had worked with Nash on the budget process, about the memo. Hauptman
said he never discussed that proposal with Nash.
``I would never have discussed the option
as he presented it here,'' Hauptman said in deposition. ``Had
he ever said we need to do this because it helps the election,
I would have objected to that.''
Carey has maintained that he had no inkling
of the scheming by Nash, Davis and others, and he even claimed
that he had spoken with his campaign manager only about 20 times.
``They designed a scheme certainly to rip
off this union - rip me off in terms of my credibility,'' Carey
said last October.
But according to Nash's cellular telephone
bills, he kept in close contact with Carey and others inside Teamsters
headquarters at a crucial time during the 1996 union campaign.
Election overseers who tossed out Carey's
slim re-election over James P. Hoffa and barred him from a rerun
reported that the most egregious fund-raising violations carried
out by Nash, Davis and others occurred in October 1996.
Between mid-September and mid-November of
that year, Nash placed at least 10 calls to Carey's office, and
an additional dozen to other Teamsters officials in the organizing,
legal, education, government affairs and communications departments.
Under federal labor law, union officials are barred from electioneering
on union time.
However, the records also show that Nash
called various extensions at the November Group, the direct mail
consultancy where Davis was a partner, at least 65 times during
the same period.
Carey's defenders have argued that he was
the victim of a conspiracy between Davis and Nash, who also had
been on retainer to November Group, to siphon funds from the Teamsters
That defense was discarded by a former federal
judge Kenneth Conboy, who disqualified Carey from the rerun, saying
he believed Carey helped Nash and Davis steer $735,000 in Teamsters
funds to third parties in exchange for contributions to his campaign.
Carey has taken a leave of absence from the union.
The Carey camp also has accused Hoffa of
campaign irregularities and the new election officer, Michael
Cherkasky, is looking into those assertions.
The IRB, which operates separately from the
election monitor under a 1989 consent decree the Teamsters signed
with the Justice Department to avoid racketeering charges, begins
two days of hearings Tuesday to determine whether Carey and former
Teamsters political director William Hamilton should be barred
for life from the union.
Requests by attorneys for Carey and Hamilton
to force Nash, Davis and former Carey assistant Monie Simpkins
to appear for cross-examination were denied Friday by U.S. District
Court Judge David Edelstein.
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