House Watchdog: Ex-Labor Secretary Solis Illegally Fundraised For Obama

Follow the rules, good people.

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The chairman of a Congressional watchdog panel Wednesday played an audiotape during a hearing in Washington, D.C., as alleged evidence of former U.S. Labor Secretary and Southland lawmaker Hilda Solis illegally soliciting money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.

Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from Vista in San Diego County, played the tape during his opening statement of the hearing on political campaign activity by government officials, saying it constitutes a violation of the Hatch Act, which bars Cabinet members from directly raising campaign funds and prohibits political activity on official time.

According to Issa – who serves as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – the audio recording is a voicemail message from Solis left on the phone of a Labor Department subordinate “pressuring” the employee to contribute to an Obama fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los…

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