Listen: Another Obama Crony Caught Soliciting for Donations on Taxpayer’s Dime

An audio recording has been released which contains a conversation in which former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is caught soliciting funds for President Obama’s re-election campaign — a violation of the Hatch Act.

The message was submitted by Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa.  The committee scheduled a hearing today regarding taxpayer-funded political campaign activity by government officials.  Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach David Simas defied a congressional subpoena and failed to appear and provide testimony.

Instead, Issa played a recording which shows then-Labor Secretary Solis violating federal law by pressuring a subordinate to contribute to President Obama’s re-election campaign.

“Hi—this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off-the-record here—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. Steven Smith, an attorney, and his staff are helping us [inaudible]. 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. I would encourage you to call this number, [inaudible]–that’s his assistant– at [phone number] and you can call [the attorney] yourself who’s a good friend, an attorney, good friend of mine, at [phone number]. And it’s for a Friday event at La Fonda [inaudible] we’re just trying to raise money to show that we have support here in [inaudible].”

The message containing Solis’ illegal fundraising activities can be heard below…

Issa had the hearing recessed, as members sought to discuss Simas’ defiance of the subpoena in what a press release called the “White House’s latest attack on our Constitution’s system of checks and balances.”

Rusty Weiss has been covering politics for over 15 years. His writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, Fox... More about Rusty Weiss

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