U.S. Republican says ex-Cabinet member broke law, sought campaign money

Issa holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing about e-mails belonging to Lerner, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonA prominent Republican congressman accused President Barack Obama’s former labor secretary on Wednesday of breaking federal law by seeking political campaign contributions for Obama’s 2012 re-election effort. In his latest salvo at White House political tactics, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa played a tape of what he said was a 2012 voicemail from Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in which she solicits money from an unidentified subordinate. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, convened a hearing of the panel after the White House said on Tuesday that political adviser David Simas would not answer a subpoena to appear because he was immune from being compelled to testify. In the tape, the person Issa identified as Solis 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.” The Los Angeles Times reported this year that Solis was being investigated by the FBI for her role in the La Fonda fundraiser.

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