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Monday, March 24, 2014

Administration promoted Cabinet member’s official trip on which she headlined Obama campaign fundraiser -- By Patrick Howley, The Daily Caller

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis sits in a 2013 Ford Fusion during a press conference to announce the future production of the Ford Motor Fusion vehicle at the newly named Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan September 10, 2012.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) - RTR37S2UFormer Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was on an official government trip promoted by the administration when she headlined an Obama re-election campaign fundraiser, records reveal.

The Department of Labor (DOL) promoted Solis’ trip to Los Angeles in March 2012 on which she appeared as a featured guest at a March 23 fundraiser aimed at Latino supporters with Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria and Obama Victory Fund supporters at La Fonda Supper Club on Wilshire Boulevard.

The federal Hatch Act prohibits Cabinet members like Solis, who resigned from the administration last year and is now running for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, from fundraising for political candidates and mixing official Cabinet duties with political activity.

 “Last week, Secretary Solis toured the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s new office space as part of the Labor Department’s green jobs initiative to promote investment in green energy technologies and jobs,” according to a March 29, 2012 DOL newsletter obtained by The Daily Caller. Solis’ visit to the Cleantech Incubator’s office occurred on March 22, the day before she headlined the campaign fundraiser.

 Solis’ participation in the La Fonda Supper Club fundraiser became the focus of an FBI inquiry.

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