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Ex-Secretary of Labor Used Public Jet For Private Travel

Posted on February 12, 2014

Former Obama administration Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis took thousands of dollars of free trips on a union’s jet to “avoid freeway traffic” and did not report the trips as required by federal law, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against union leaders.

Solis traveled on a private jet owned by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 12 in a series of pricey trips that she did not report to the Federal Election Commission, according to a report on the lawsuit by Hews Media Group. The trips occurred in 2009, and some were intended to fly her to Washington, D.C. when she was being considered for the Obama cabinet post.

IUOE leader William Waggoner flew Solis between nearby commuter airports in El Monte, Calif. and Ontario, Calif., as well as Washington, D.C., so Solis “could avoid freeway traffic,” a source told Hews Media Group. Solis and Pasadena-based IUOE Local 12 had political ties dating back to Solis’ career in Congress, according to the report. Solis was not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Here’s the Cessna Citation XL jet that Solis enjoyed, courtesy of Los Cerritos Community News:

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4 thoughts on “Ex-Secretary of Labor Used Public Jet For Private Travel

  1. WhiteFalcon says:

    He should be required to repay twice the cost of taking the Nation's jet. I wonder what other corruption he is guilty of. I'm sure it is a lot.

  2. georgeallen2007 says:

    I would love to say, You've got to be kidding me; but I know better.

  3. This is not fair…

  4. Agree with you…