House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is keeping busy investigating the many scandals plaguing the Obama administration. This week, however, he found time to weigh in on a voicemail left by a high-ranking Obama official.
“In March 2012, United States Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a sitting member of the president’s cabinet, engaged in prohibited activity outlined in the Hatch Act,” Issa said in the opening statement of a recent committee hearing.
He explained that Solis “solicited a donation from a subordinate Labor Department employee,” noting the apparent crime was caught on tape when she left a message on the underling’s phone.
“The committee has come now to have possession of a voicemail,” Issa confirmed, “and I would ask that it be played now.”
The woman on the tape, who identifies herself as Solis, said she was making the call “off the record” to “ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we’re doing to Organizing for America for Obama campaign” coming up later in the week.
She offered the name and phone number of an event organizer, asking for her subordinate’s help in bringing more people to the fundraiser.
“There are a lot of folks that we know that are coming,” she said, “but wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out.”
While Issa said it is not uncommon for an official to misuse his or her office to further a political cause, the Obama administration has tried to hold itself up as above reproach.
“Hatch Act violations have been a problem under all administrations,” he said. “This makes the claim by this administration that they are doing everything right and should be immune from oversight all the more indefensible.”
He concluded that incidents such as this further belie the claim that Obama would preside over an open and honest federal government.
“It is deeply ironic,” he asserted, “that an administration claiming to be the most transparent ever has resisted oversight of its political office and offered less corroboration than its predecessors.”
Photo Credit: Facebook/Hilda Solis
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