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: