Hilda Solis, Obama’s former labor secretary, might be in deep trouble

posted at 4:01 pm on July 18, 2014 by Noah Rothman

When Hilda Solis, President Barack Obama’s first Secretary of Labor, resigned in early 2013 before the president had taken the oath of office for his second term, it came as a shock.

Then, in February of the following year, allegations surfaced that Solis had attempted to hide the fact that she had provided people close to the leader of the International Union of Operating Engineers with free private jet travel. It is a crime to not disclose what were considered in-kind contributions – disclosures which Solis never made.

Hews Media Group-Community News has obtained a lawsuit filed in the California Central US District Court claiming that former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, a current candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, was provided thousands of dollars’ worth of free private jet travel without declaring the trips on the federal government required forms, paid for by the powerful International Union of Operating Engineers based in Pasadena during the same period she was undergoing confirmation hearings to become part of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

Sources close to the case tell HMG-CN that Solis was given transportation on IUOE Local 12′s Cessna Citation XL Jet and that Solis failed to report the in-kind gift to the Federal Election Commission as required under law.

Ed Morrissey noted at the time that the investigation into Solis’ conduct resulted from her decision to run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, a race she won on June 3. Solis is expected to take office in December, but a few new questions about her past conduct have come up in recent days which may hinder her future political aspirations.

The L.A. Times reported:

Rep. Darrell Issa released a recording Wednesday that his office said supported allegations of illegal fundraising activity by Los Angeles County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis when she served as U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Issa (R-Vista), whose House Oversight and Government Reform Committee obtained the audio as part of an ongoing probe of political activities by Obama administration employees, played the recording during a hearing in Washington.

That recording is the following tape of Solis appearing to solicit a colleague to help organize an Obama campaign fundraiser. Some have suggested that this represents a potential violation of the Hatch Act.

“Hi — this is Hilda Solis calling, um, just calling you off the record here,” she said. “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.”

White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest confirmed on Wednesday that the tape was released as part of an “ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

The Washington Examiner’s Susan Crabtree suggested that Solis’ position in the administration exempts her from having to answer for Hatch Act violations.

A complaint sent to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency that investigates allegations of administrative violations of fundraising rules by federal officials, triggered an inquiry. It alleged that Solis left a voicemail message on a subordinate employee’s government-issued Blackberry in which she asked the employee to contribute toward and assist with organizing others to attend a fundraiser for Obama’s re-election campaign.

The Hatch Act prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president, vice president and other high-level officials, from engaging in partisan political activity, and specifically bars employees below the policy-making level in the executive branch from engaging in “any active part” in political campaigns.

While Solis would be exempt from the Act, her subordinates most likely would not be.

Cabinet members are, however, prohibited from participating in certain campaign activities including using their positions to raise money for candidates. “They may not solicit campaign contributions,” the Center for Public Integrity’s Michael Beckel wrote in 2012, “but that doesn’t prohibit them from appearing at political fundraisers.”

Helping to organize a fundraiser, however, may fall into a bit of a grey area. Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, the LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office.


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It can’t be corruption–it’s a democrat! Only Republicans are corrupt, we all know that.

Vanceone on July 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

They should be building a brand new federal prison just for the Obama Administration crooks…

bimmcorp on July 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Hilda Solis, Obama’s former labor secretary, might be in deep trouble will be protected by Eric Holder and the DoJ…

Corrected for accuracy….

Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, the LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office.

Two of them are most definitely not thrilled with the addition of Solis.

Athos on July 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

But her heart was in the right place so it’s ok.

rbj on July 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

“Deep trouble” only if someone were willing to do something about it

Roy Rogers on July 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

For the Obamites, public service is just something you do to kill time between campaigns and fundraisers–the real job.

RBMN on July 18, 2014 at 4:32 PM

“Deep trouble” only if someone were willing to do something about it

Roy Rogers on July 18, 2014 at 4:31 PM

What you said…

sandee on July 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Won’t matter, all she has to do is claim to care about poor people and she’ll skate. Democrats get away with everything.

JeremiahJohnson on July 18, 2014 at 4:33 PM

She is beyond the law . . . the little dictator will pardon her regardless of her crime.

rplat on July 18, 2014 at 4:34 PM

There is no “deep trouble” in this Regime. Unless you’re a Conservative. Then you’re targeted by every agency in the government.

Meople on July 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

IUOE Local 12′s Cessna Citation XL Jet

Their own jet, huh?

Any of you union lefties know what this plane costs? About $20 million, and that’s just the plane before operating costs.

Keep paying those dues, suckers, because the union is protecting you from the big-money corporate jerks.

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Oh yeah…She is in big trouble.
Holder will get right on it.

NeoKong on July 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Hilda Solis … might be in deep trouble …

Oh please.

When was the last time that an obama turdling was punished for committing a crime?

Ain’t gonna happen.

Pork-Chop on July 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Oh Please.

ToddPA on July 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Might be in trouble, what a laugh. Who is the attorney general again?

Yeah. The people testifying against Hilda are the ones in trouble. I’m sure the DOJ Social Justice Enforcement Unit will be visiting with them soon.

ConstantineXI on July 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Uh huh… like Eric Holder’s gonna do anything. Just an “unwise latina” moment, and nothing more.

Jedditelol on July 18, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Corrected for accuracy….

Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, the LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office.

Two of them are most definitely not thrilled with the addition of Solis.

Athos on July 18, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Considering that the Department of InJustice just told Congress to Phuck off over Lois Lerner, you are probable far more close to the truth than even you suspect.

oscarwilde on July 18, 2014 at 4:38 PM

So what? It isn’t any different than the National Republican Senatorial Committee failing to disclose to the FEC that they spent their money on the race baiting ads in Mississippi.
That’s a crime too. Wire Fraud!

Jayrae on July 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Then, in February of the following year, allegations surfaced that Solis had attempted to hide the fact that she had provided people close to the leader of the International Union of Operating Engineers with free private jet travel.

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Is this right? ins “by”?

ronsfi on July 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

IUOE is, beyond a doubt, the most corrupt / criminal of the major US unions…and given that includes the SEIU, UAW, NEA, Teamsters, and the AFL/CIO, it’s quite a distinction.

Athos on July 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

NM Derp

ronsfi on July 18, 2014 at 4:40 PM

One can only hope it’s not the Lisa Jackson (aka Richard Windsor), Lois Lerner, or Eric Holder kind of trouble.

antipc on July 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Has an Issa committee investigation ever produced any sort of actual consequences?

Shump on July 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Noah,

This:

she had provided people close to the leader of the International Union of Operating Engineers with free private jet travel.

doesn’t even make sense. She was the recipient of the free travel. She wasn’t giving free trips to union people.

notropis on July 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Look, any Obama administration criminal official could rape and murder twin blond girls on live TV, while chanting praises to Baal and Allah, and nothing would happen to them.

The only reason Obama fires people is 1) they did something conservative or 2) They screw something up so badly, for so long, that they harm Obama’s programs. Like Hedelius and Obamacare. But she could eat aborted babies on tv and he wouldn’t care.

Vanceone on July 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Hilda Solis, Obama’s former labor secretary, might be in deep trouble

Heh, you mean like Lois Lerner? Or the former VA administrator?

Nothing will happen to these people. The GOPe is so afraid of the left yelling racism that they are paralyzed, just as the left has planned.

Obama is busy signing pardons for all of these crooks…..

They will have to be taken out the old fashioned way.

redguy on July 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Has an Issa committee investigation ever produced any sort of actual consequences?

Shump on July 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM

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Well, Issa is getting rich, that is a consequence of sorts…

oscarwilde on July 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM

But she said she was calling “off the record,” so it’s okie-dokie, right?

/

BuckeyeSam on July 18, 2014 at 4:45 PM

“Her hard drives (and whatever else I could find) were inadvertently destroyed.”

——— Eric “The Hustler” Holder

viking01 on July 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Why – did she tell the truth about something?

corona79 on July 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

notropis on July 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

This ^10.

Even Noah can’t stand reading his own drivel long enough to proofread his writing.

Or maybe I should just give him the benefit of the doubt and accept the fact that he’s clueless.

pain train on July 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

I’m sorry but this muddled thread drives me crazy.

If I finally (after great effort) understand the situation correctly:

Solis may or may not have been illegally soliciting and campaigning for the Obama campaign when she was Secretary of Labor. This will not stop her from becoming a LA County Supervisor. Nor is she facing any charges of wrongdoing at this time.

Anybody catch more to this story? There were so many squirrels that I don’t think a caught them all. Where’s this “might be in deep trouble” thing promised in the headline?

Happy Nomad on July 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Does she work for Obama? Qualifications met, promotion time now.

Rix on July 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Per Ed’s post cited above:

According to allegations in a new RICO lawsuit filed against the leader of the International Union of Operating Engineers and several family members and friends, the union provided Solis free travel on their private jet

pain train on July 18, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I doubt that she is worried: no obama-related democrat can go to jail; no democratic woman can go to jail; no obama-related hispanic can go to jail.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 18, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Nothing will happen…

Latina, female, and probably had an abortion. 3 requirements for sainthood

txdoc on July 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Didn’t Sebelius do the same thing…?

d1carter on July 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM

“the LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office” …

The LA County Board of Supervisors will most likely take the Rhett Butler approach to the matter …

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

My view? With our current Justice Department, this will be a nothing burger that will fade from public view and create no issues for the political future of Ms. Solis.

Grinch on July 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Trickle-Down Democrat Party Corruption:

A $25,000 contribution from a labor union’s political action committee to Gov. Maggie Hassan is the subject of a complaint filed yesterday by the New Hampshire Republican Party with the state attorney general.

Reports filed with the secretary of state’s office in June show the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers PAC gave $25,000 to Friends of Maggie Hassan on June 12, the same day Hassan officially filed to run for re-election. The Republican Party says this donation violates the state’s political contribution limits. But Hassan’s campaign and the IBEW say the contribution was legal because it was made before she was officially a candidate. Committee reports were due June 18, but candidate reports are not due until Aug. 2, so it’s unclear how much Hassan has raised at this point.

Assistant Attorney General Steve LaBonte said the department will likely begin looking into the complaint immediately, but he doesn’t have a time frame for when it will be resolved. He declined to comment further on the complaint.

Del Dolemonte on July 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

So……

How many former cabinet level officials have faced criminal action after leaving office? My mind is befogged after reading this thread but it seems to me that the number rhymes with hero or Nero. There may be some Watergate exceptions but, if so, it is not because of “failure to report” crimes.

And she’ll still become an LA County Supervisor. Which is funny only because the thread suggests that her new colleagues are going to be embarrassed. This is like the movie Bull Durham Solis made it to “the bigs” as a Labor Secretary. Her colleagues are going to be in awe of her.

Happy Nomad on July 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Looks like anybody enforcing laws against her will be a racist raper or some such.

I have a $100 that says the woman does ZERO time and gets ZERO fines. In the end she will get a batter job at higher pay for a fascist-democrat think tank.

Breaking the law is even better for enhancing a fascist-democrat resume than failing.

jukin3 on July 18, 2014 at 5:07 PM

It’s Los Angeles. She’ll fit right in.

crankyoldlady on July 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

They should be building a brand new federal prison just for the Obama Administration crooks…

bimmcorp on July 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

HEH!!

Shovel Ready!!!!

BigWyo on July 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

And this

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

“The R/Cs hate Hispanics” — leftist rats

Schadenfreude on July 18, 2014 at 5:11 PM

the LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office.

To the LA Supervisors this is a feature not a bug.

tominsd on July 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM

They should be building a brand new federal prison just for the Obama Administration crooks…

bimmcorp on July 18, 2014 at 4:29 PM

HEH!!

Shovel Ready!!!!

BigWyo on July 18, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Just turn the DC Beltway into a wall and you will save yourself the trouble of even having to round up all the criminals and taking them to the new prison.

ConstantineXI on July 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Hilda Solis, Obama’s former labor secretary, might be in deep trouble

In other words, business as usual.

Kingfisher on July 18, 2014 at 5:23 PM

She just might be the sacrificial lamb. I say that because the party is not supporting her for a federal or state office. This is one step above dog catcher.

meci on July 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

International Union of Operating Engineers based in Pasadena

What was and is in it for these guys?

docflash on July 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Why is the story on the Pelosi Crime Family being ignored?

Company Cofounded by Paul Pelosi Jr. Charged with Securities Fraud

slickwillie2001 on July 18, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Listen, she was only following orders. Can’t you get that through your head? She’s not responsible!
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/s for the “all too serious” amongst us…

ExpressoBold on July 18, 2014 at 5:45 PM

She just might be the sacrificial lamb. I say that because the party is not supporting her for a federal or state office. This is one step above dog catcher.

meci on July 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Being a Supervisor on the LA County Board of Supervisors is far from being ‘one step above dog catcher’. There’s a fair amount of power in that position. The 5 Supervisors effectively run LA County, with it’s 10 million plus residents, and a budget that is larger than 17 states and close to 4 others. They also serve on a number of Agencies / Commissions / Departments which expands their power and influence.

She’s no ‘sacrificial lamb’ for either the Democrats or Obama – and the local liberals needed another dependable far-left liberal to replace Gloria Malina in District 1.

Athos on July 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Has nobody read the pamphlet?

Politicking by Republican Administration members: Heinous crime.

Politicking by Democratic Administration members: No big ideal, everyone does it, we’ve been over this again and again, we’re past it, and LOOK! Raaaacists!!

orangemtl on July 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

regardless of the legalese, it’s just wrong! it’s especially wrong for a democrat that’s supposed to stand for the “little guy”. she’s using her office to force people to not only campaign for her chosen candidate, but no doubt give up nights and weekends for the events.

democrats are supposed to be against powerful people pressuring or influencing the weaker among us. Or maybe that’s just white guys???

jetch on July 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

“Hilda Solis, Obama’s former labor secretary, might be in deep trouble”

…yeah, The Boner’s House might hold her in CONTEMPT – (like holder and lerner!)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

MicahStone on July 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Are you kidding Noah? The LA County Board of Supervisors will roll out the red carpet for her!

GarandFan on July 18, 2014 at 6:08 PM

may fall into a bit of a grey area

Of course it does. Everything a politician does falls in to a “grey area”. A politician could burn down an orphanage and twenty years later he’d still be free while they debate the “merits” of his position.

bandutski on July 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

*yawn*

Call me when *any* of Obama’s folks, past or present, actual incur some penalty for anything they do.

Midas on July 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Some of you may recall I posted about her YEARS AGO that she had the DoL plastered with communist posters and that the people there were terrified to speak out. There were articles in the Free Beacon.

The woman is a devout communist and worshiper of Zero. Any moment now her hard drive will “crash.”

Sooner or later one of King Putts minions will get real sloppy and then….

NOTHING.

dogsoldier on July 18, 2014 at 6:48 PM

In a just world, Lois Lerner would be in jail, Holder would be fired for fast and furious, Hillary would be hounded out of political life for Benghazi, and Obama would be impeached for well, everything. so forgive me in not considering someone from the chosen ones circle as “in trouble”, until the cell door closes and the key is thrown away. Until then they are just observing the libs SOP.

warmairfan on July 18, 2014 at 6:52 PM

LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office.

wanna bet ??

dmacleo on July 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM

As long as AG Holder is in charge of the DoJ and significant O’BoutMe donors are heading DoJ departments, all we are gonna get is crickets.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Oh, gee, everybody else in the Choom Gang is in deep trouble, why not her?

formwiz on July 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Meh. Won’t even smell her stink in the cesspool that is the LA Co. supervisors.

socalcon on July 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

*yawn*

Call me when *any* of Obama’s folks, past or present, actual incur some penalty for anything they do.

Midas on July 18, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Um, Rahm is stuck in Chicago?

Sorry, but it’s all I got.

socalcon on July 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Politicking by Democratic Administration members: No big ideal, everyone does it, we’ve been over this again and again, we’re past it, and LOOK! Raaaacists and Sexists!!!

orangemtl on July 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

FIFY

socalcon on July 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

…nothing will happen.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM

If a federal employee who is in your chain of command calls and asks you to do anything of a partisan political nature, that is out of bounds because of the potential for coercion. The office of Special Counsel is specifically tasked with handling such complaints. If she was asking an employee to violate the Hatch act, that is even worse and she should be held to account for it. Now, in the real world of course based on past performance, she will skate. A better question is why did this not come up before she won an elective office? In a campaign, you do not need an indictment to have an impact.

KW64 on July 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

This story will be the basis of a new movie – “Wampum of Solis”

The Evil Doctor K on July 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

The federal budget needs to be declared an in-kind contribution for Obama and other Democrats, and the DNC should be required to repay that amount to the Treasury.

Every frikkin’ year.

malclave on July 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Regardless of the outcome of this investigation, the LA County Board of Supervisors can’t be thrilled about the baggage their newest colleague will bring to the office.

To the contrary, I doubt the LA County Board of Supervisors could possibly care less about a fellow Democrat in a scandal.

RJL on July 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

She just might be the sacrificial lamb. I say that because the party is not supporting her for a federal or state office. This is one step above dog catcher.

meci on July 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Her long time La Raza ties will save her from further harassment by terrorist tea partyers and warriors on women. She’ll slide like the rest of these corruptocrats.

polly2150 on July 18, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Hilda Solis, Obama’s former labor secretary, might be in deep trouble.

What else can you expect when Obama’s administration continually appoints commie-kazes.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Does anyone else remember the bail-out hearings for big-three auto manufacturers, where the Congressional panel raked the corporate executives “over-the-coals” for traveling to the hearings in ‘corporate jets’? … All that “political fuss”, in spite of the fact that what the corporate execs did was perfectly legal, and legitimate.

listens2glenn on July 18, 2014 at 11:01 PM

The scandals and crises come so fast and furious (pun intended to raise a long-forgotten scandal) with this administration that it is impossible to keep up. We suffer from overload. And the administration skates (or stumbles) from the last one to the next without so much as a scratch.

Esaus Message on July 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

I’m sure she will slip right into that slot being vacated by Gloria Molina with no disturbance of the force as they are the most kindred of spirits.
She’ll receive great guidance in the ethics and mores of the Board by those leading lights of political prudence, Zev Yaroslovsky (who has never held a non-government job), and Mark Ridley-Thomas (the less said, the better).

Another Drew on July 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

King Putt’s “Pardon Pen” is going to need a LOT of ink.

Missilengr on July 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM