Solis could not be immediately reached for comment on the release of the recording. She has previously declined to comment in detail on questions about a related federal inquiry involving allegedly improper fundraising activity, but has said in statements that she does not believe she did anything wrong.
Issa said the recording was a voicemail that Solis left on the phone of a subordinate at the Labor Department when she was President Obama's Labor secretary.
In the recording, the speaker identifies herself as Hilda Solis and says, "Just calling you off-the-record here. Wanted to ask you if you could, um, help us get folks organized to come to a fundraiser that we're doing for Organizing for America for Obama campaign on Friday at La Fonda at 6 p.m."
She goes on to say, "There are a lot of folks that we know that are coming, but wanted to ask you if you might help contribute or get other folks to help out."
The Times previously reported that the Office of Special Counsel investigated allegations that Solis had solicited employees of the Labor Department to contribute to or help organize a Los Angeles fundraiser for the president. Cabinet members are prohibited from engaging in certain campaign activities.
Solis resigned her Cabinet post early last year and announced a bid for the Los Angeles County supervisorial seat being vacated by
Issa had subpoenaed the director of the