Did Hilda Solis violate BCRA, in addition to House ethics rules?

The DC Examiner noted that there could be another, even more serious issue with Hilda Solis. Recall that she was on teh board of Americans Right at Work (ARW), serving as its treasurer, a position with fiduciary responsibilities, in violation of House ethics rules. However, this 501(c)4 also filed electioneering documents with the FEC:

But ARW also spent thousands of dollars on television spots described by the group in its report to the FEC as "electioneering communications." Since as treasurer, Solis is required to approve all ARW spending, she must have signed off on the spots. This may well put her and ARW in violation of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002. Among the Republicans targeted by ARW were incumbents Norm Coleman, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Gordon Smith, and John Sununu. The anti-Sununu ad, for example, cost ARW $169,225 to air in New Hampshire, while another $69,105 paid for airing an anti-Coleman spot in Minnesota. So ARW clearly spent funds, with Solis' knowledge and approval "in connection with an election for federal office." Again, as treasurer, Solis could hardly have been in a ceremonial or passive participant.

It appears that this was clearly illegal.

So Obama's nominee violated the law and House ethics to participate in an organization. She is also closely linked to the most demonstrably corrupt union in America. And her husband doesn't pay his taxes.

Clearly, these are very solid grounds to reject her for a position in the Cabinet.

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Details, details

Don't get me wrong: details like that have been the downfall of others before. However, it's a shame that stuff like the above is something people want to use against her rather than her position on immigration. For instance, she stood side-by-side with Mexican legislators in DC urging that our laws should be changed, and that change would greatly benefit that foreign government. Pelosi was originally scheduled to be there with her, but dropped out for some reason.

That's certainly not as bad as, say, a U.S. rep. hosting Soviet reps in the 50s to call for unilateral disarmament, but it's in the same category. One difference is that back then no Americans were trying to profit from Russian wheat, but nowadays many Dem/GOP leaders are trying to profit from Mexican labor and/or see them as a source of future votes.

Labor Sec was always going to

Labor Sec was always going to be SEIU's payoff. First they wanted Andy Stern or David Bonoir. Then it was ARAW Executive Director Mary Beth Maxwell. They settled on a less obvious Stern pawn, Solis. This was all to reward SEIU for their hard work during the campaign and the money they spent to did not hurt either.