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Obama Labor Appointee’s Top Donors Were
Unions

Statement on Solis as
Labor Secretary

 

Washington, D.C., December 18, 2008—President-elect Obama has reportedly picked Rep. Hilda
Solis (D-Calif.) as Labor Secretary.  Ivan Osorio,
a labor policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, issued the
following statement:

 

Statement on Hilda Solis possibly being named Labor Secretary

According to reports, President-elect Barack Obama will
name Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) as Secretary of Labor. If Rep. Solis's voting
record is a guide to how she plans to run the Department, it is not
encouraging, as it shows her consistently voting in favor of greater government
spending.

Her apparent closeness to organized labor should
also be cause for concern. Labor unions, which she should be tasked with
overseeing, are her biggest campaign contributors by far. According to the
Center for Responsive Politics, during the last election cycle, her top four
donors -- and 14 of her top 21 donors -- are labor unions. Her relationships
with union leaders are a legitimate topic, which Senators should address in her
confirmation hearing.