WASHINGTON — Former Obama cabinet secretary of labor, Hilda Solis, has been accused of soliciting money from a fellow government official while in office in 2012.
Reuters reported that California Republican representative, Darrell Issa, said he had a tape of a 2012 voicemail of Solis soliciting money from a colleague at work, the latter was not identified.
Issa chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and has yet to advance his investigation on the IRS targeting scandals due to stonewalling by the likes of ex-IRS official Lois Lerner.
Solis is accused of violating the Hatch Act, which restricts federal employees’ political activity while being employed by the federal government. The tape says:
“Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign on Friday at La Fonda at 6 p.m. … There are a lot of folks that we know that are coming but wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out.”
In addition, the FBI is investigating Solis for her role at the La Fonda fundraiser for Barack Obama, according to the liberal newspaper Los Angeles Times.