Skip to comments.Darrell Issa: Voicemail shows illegal fundraising by Obama adminstration
Posted on 07/16/2014 9:22:16 AM PDT by PoloSec
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is highlighting a a fundraising phone call former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made to an department employee as evidence that the Obama administration has a history of illegal fundraising activities.
During a Wednesday Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, Issa played a recording of a voicemail message from March 2012 that he said Solis left on the phone of a Labor Department subordinate asking the person to contribute to Obama's re-election campaign, Organizing for America, at a restaurant that Friday.
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., she says on the recording.
... 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, she said. 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]."
Allegations that Solis, currently a candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor, solicited subordinates to raise money for Obama's re-election campaign was the focus of a criminal probe.
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.
Solis abruptly resigned her Labor Department post in early 2013. She left Washington with $50,000 to $100,000 in legal debts, according to her final personal financial disclosure form, which she was required to file upon resigning her post.
She listed the debt, which amounted to 25 to 50 percent of her gross annual salary of $199,700, as legal services" to Sidley Austin, a top white-collar law firm located in downtown D.C.
Issa, as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is looking into the Obama's administration's taxpayer-funded political campaign activity. Last week Issa subpoenaed David Simas, the director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, to testify before the committee.
The White House Tuesday night said Simas didn't have to comply because his activity is legal and the committee has been unable to point to any indication that [he or his office] has violated the Hatch Act.
After playing the recording, Issa recessed the panel to assess its course of action in regard to Mr. Simas' refusal to appear, a panel spokesman said in a statement.
In his opening statement, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and the ranking member on the Oversight committee, said Simas should not be compelled to testify.
Mr. Simas is a senior adviser to the president. And everyone on this committee knows the doctrine of separation of powers, he said. We do not simply haul in one of the President's top advisers at will. There must be a valid reason, a predicate, a justification, some evidence that this official engaged in some type of inappropriate activity.
Cumming says Issa recessed the hearing because Cummings played his own video of Issa pledging, during the panel's first organizational meeting in 2011, to hold votes on controversial subpoenas.
During Wednesday's hearing the committee was scheduled to hear from Carolyn Lerner, the director of the Office of Special Counsel, which is charged with enforcing the federal Hatch Act.
In written testimony ahead of her appearance, Lerner said she had identified no inappropriate activity by the White House office.
Cummings is allowed to coverup HIS OWN role in
How special is that?
No wonder no one will ever believe ANY US Agency
or Congress again. Not in my lifetime.
Not a smidgen....
Puny taxpayers! Bow down before your government bureaucrat gods! Bring us offerings of bonuses lest we smite thee with audits and delay!
yeah, well...nothing will be done about it, so?
Just posting on a dare .. why is Obama still in office?
Could it be CONgre$$ has no cahonies?
It certainly has a multitude of charges
Should it exercise its duty and
Get out of the committee rooms
And start FRog-walking perps.
The target zone is ripe.
Swallow a camel and choke on a gnat. Almost everything the 0ne does is illegal and violates the separation of powers outlined in the constitution. YET, I have yet to hear of any government employee saying "I'm not going to folllow this unconstitutional order." Don't hold your breath for that to happen either.
“During Wednesday’s hearing the committee was scheduled to hear from Carolyn Lerner, the director of the Office of Special Counsel, which is charged with enforcing the federal Hatch Act.”
Naw. Couldn’t be......
“why is Obama still in office?”
Because the GOP wants him there. They have the power to change that and do not. No other conclusion possible.
Don’t forget that they turned off the location requirement for campaign donations under $200. How many millions were funneled into the Obama campaign from illegal foreign sources?
Congress is just as corrupt and the administration has the goods on all of them.
“Just posting on a dare .. why is Obama still in office?”
0bama could be caught in bed with a dead girl (or a live boy) and he wouldn’t be convicted by Dirty Harry’s US Senate.
What is the point of winning control of a branch of congress if your not going to enforce the law?
They must be afraid of the Emperor
La Fonda.... La Fawnduh
Once you realize they are all part of the same family/philosophy, it all becomes clear. People just go to extreme lengths lying to themselves about it so they can maintain the personal illusion that America in the Reagan sense, still exists, that this is a bump in the road, and that someday soon we will go back to the way things used to be.
South American/Soviet corruption is for other people. It can’t happen here!
Except it has.
Oh swell, another Lerner.
If the US Congress is a co-equal branch of Government, then the Administration is not more equal than Congress.
If, however, Chairman Issa allows his subpoena for White House staff member David Simas to not be honored, then the Administration is above Congress, and the Administration is above the Laws derived from the Constitution of the United States of America.
Will Chairman Issa, as always before, fold like a cheap suit?
The Hatch Act should include ALL sitting presidents. There are NONE of them that have time to campaign/fund raise while occupying the oval office. Rome burns while this Nero fiddles. Too many vacations; too many golf matches; too many beer summits; a way too many fund raisers.