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Breaking the Devil's PactThe Battle to Free the Teamsters from the Mob$
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James B. Jacobs and Kerry T. Cooperman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814743089

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814743089.001.0001

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(p.122) 7 The 1996 Election Scandal

(p.122) 7 The 1996 Election Scandal

(p.122) 7 The 1996 Election Scandal
Breaking the Devil's Pact

James B. Jacobs

Kerry T. Cooperman

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the scandal that marred the International Brotherhood of Teamsters's (IBT) 1996 election for general president. It first provides an overview of the three candidates for the 1996 election, namely: Ron Carey, Sam Theodus, and James P. Hoffa. It then considers the election rules and the IBT's Philadelphia convention held on July 15–19, 1996 before moving to a discussion of the election campaigns by the candidates. It also examines Carey's victory and the post-election discovery that IBT funds were used to finance his reelection campaign, along with the court-appointed officers' decision to declare the 1996 election null and void, the hearings before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on the invalidated 1996 election and the upcoming 1998 rerun election, the disqualification of Carey from the rerun election, and his expulsion from the IBT. Finally, it analyzes reactions to the election scandal and suggests that the US v. IBT consent decree had a role in Carey's rise and fall.

Keywords:   election scandal, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, election, Ron Carey, Sam Theodus, James P. Hoffa, convention, hearings, US v. IBT, consent decree

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