One purpose of this juggling was to funnel illegal contributions to
the re-election campaign of Ron Carey as president of the
Teamsters Union. The conspirators donated at least $150,000 to the
tax-exempt Citizen Action, which a few days later transferred
$100,000 to Carey’s re-election effort.
(1) "The Teamsters
donated $475,000 to Citizen Action, and in return, Citizen Action
allegedly helped channel some of that money to the Carey campaign.... Citizen Action paid off a previously forgiven 1990 loan for
$25,000 plus interest, and then the lender, Jeremy Sherman, sent
$35,000 to the Carey campaign. This appears to be just one example of
how the some of the $475,000 was allegedly laundered through Citizen
(2) "Citizen Action reportedly sent $75,000
to Michael Ansara's Share Consulting for work that was never done.
The $75,000 allegedly went instead to reimburse Ansara's wife,
Barbara Arnold, in part for her $95,000 contribution to the Carey
campaign. This may also have been part of the $475,000 plan."
"Citizen Action reportedly paid $100,000 to Martin Davis'
November Group after receiving $150,000 from the AFL-CIO's Richard
Trumka, which he allegedly received from the Teamsters. This
$100,000 reportedly went to help pay for a large direct mail effort
that the November Group was executing for the Carey campaign."
of the conspirators identified by Congressional and U.S. Attorney
investigations was Paul Booth, who was then the national training director of AFSCME, and who served as a conduit for $27,100 of the
illicit money transfer.
"Before the Teamsters scandal, there were
problems" at Citizen Action, said
Edward Kelly, former director of CA's Massachusetts chapter.
"Basically, I saw national go from a nonpartisan, grass-roots
organization to a partisan one tied to the Democratic Party. I didn't
like that." "In the early 1990s,” Kelly added, “during the
fight for national health care, it was a pretty viable organization,
and what allowed it to get big was door-to-door canvassing. But over
time, national leaders lost interest in canvassing. So, what some of
us were beginning to see was a shift from an organization that was
committed to building grass-roots power to one that wanted to be a
big inside player in Washington, D.C. … Once they took that step,
they became involved in all sorts of questionable activities.”