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Sen. Alexander Says Sebelius Raising Money Illegally

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander made some serious accusations against a member of President Obama's cabinet on Saturday.

Sen. Alexander was in Nashville to give the commencement address at Vanderbilt University. Before his speech, the senator spoke to the media about another issue. He accused Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius of acquiring funds for the President's health care initiative illegally.

The senator called attention to what he said was the raising of funds and direct spending through private entities, an action he said was deemed illegal by the U.S. Constitution.

The accusations follow national media reports that Sebelius was asking health care executives to help out with non-profit groups to ensure Americans get coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

"We have a legislature and we have an executive," said Senator Alexander. "Under the Constitution, only one branch of our government can appropriate money, and that's the Congress elected by the people."

"If the Executive Branch seeks to raise money and spend it for purposes Congress hasn't authorized, the Constitution doesn't permit it and federal criminal law makes it illegal," Sen. Alexander continued.

The senator called on Congress to launch an investigation. He compared Sebelius' actions to the Iran-Contra scandal.

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