SHOCK: Obamaphone program pays dividends for Obama donors/bundlers
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SHOCK: Obamaphone program pays dividends for Obama donors/bundlers
Posted by CptBengal on 10/8 at 3:07 pm
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One of the major providers of the free cell phones—3.8 million subscribers as of late 2011—is Miami-based TracFone Wireless, a company whose president and CEO, Frederick “F.J.” Pollak, has donated at least $156,500 to Democratic candidates and committees this cycle, including at least $50,000 to the Obama campaign.

Pollak’s wife, Abigail, is a campaign bundler for Obama who has raised more than $632,000 for the president this cycle, and more than $1.5 million since 2007. She has personally contributed more than $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees since 2008.

The Pollaks hosted Obama at their Miami Beach home in June for a $40,000-per-plate fundraising dinner, and hosted a similar event with Michelle Obama in July 2008. The couple personally donated a combined $66,200 to Obama’s reelection effort that year.

Visitor logs indicate that Frederick and Abigail Pollak have visited the White House seven times. In 2009, the president appointed Abigail to serve on the “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.


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TracFone, a direct financial beneficiary of the Lifeline program, receives $10 a month for each subscriber in the form of federal subsidies. The company can make an additional profit selling extra minutes to Lifeline subscribers who exceed their monthly allowance of 250 prepaid minutes.

TracFone and other wireless providers claim that revenue from selling additional minutes to Lifeline customers is low, but decline to publicly release such figures.


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Posted by SportTiger1 on 10/8 at 3:08 pm to CptBengal
Heard this early.

I must say, i'm in shock.



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Posted by udtiger on 10/8 at 3:10 pm to SportTiger1
:shockedface:


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Posted by Midget Death Squad on 10/8 at 3:13 pm to CptBengal
um, Obama's not corrupt, so you can just pull this article down. your lies are appalling, and I want the REAL CptBengal to step forward


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Posted by SlowFlowPro on 10/8 at 3:14 pm to CptBengal
doesn't this program pre-date Obama?


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Posted by PuntBamaPunt on 10/8 at 3:16 pm to SlowFlowPro
1985

tracphone was approved as a provider in 2008 i think


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Posted by ReauxlTide222 on 10/8 at 3:18 pm to SlowFlowPro
I believe it came about with Clinton...Bush obviously, and now Obama.


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Posted by crawdaddy52 on 10/8 at 4:11 pm to ReauxlTide222
Actually this program began with Reagan - 1984. It was slightly revised by Clinton - updated to include new technology.


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Posted by ljhog on 10/8 at 4:14 pm to crawdaddy52
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Actually this program began with Reagan - 1984.

Actually the cell phone provision began in 2009. The original program was to provide land line service in rural areas.



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Posted by FightinTigersDammit on 10/8 at 4:30 pm to ljhog
Just another cozy little Solyndra-type deal...nothing to see here......


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Posted by lsu_tiger_az on 10/8 at 4:36 pm to FightinTigersDammit
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Just another cozy little Solyndra-type deal...nothing to see here......










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Posted by Layabout on 10/8 at 9:31 pm to ljhog
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Actually the cell phone provision began in 2009. The original program was to provide land line service in rural areas.



Actually you're off by one year. It started in--are you ready?--2008! Nice try though.




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Posted by TROLA on 10/8 at 9:35 pm to CptBengal
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the president appointed Abigail to serve on the “Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.”


WTF



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Posted by Queen on 10/8 at 10:00 pm to CptBengal
And it is only technically supposed to be one per household.

Yet when I was a mentor for big buddy my little buddy (10 years old), her older sister (12 years old), her younger sister (7 years old) and her grandmother (60-70 years old, no job and not looking for one) all had these phones in case they needed to call each other while grandma let the kids run around their neighborhood at will.



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Posted by LSURussian on 10/8 at 10:02 pm to CptBengal
Now it all makes sense. Thanks for the info.


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Posted by Layabout on 10/8 at 10:18 pm to Queen
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Yet when I was a mentor for big buddy my little buddy (10 years old), her older sister (12 years old), her younger sister (7 years old) and her grandmother (60-70 years old, no job and not looking for one) all had these phones in case they needed to call each other while grandma let the kids run around their neighborhood at will.

There have been abuses, no question. A new program started this year seeks to curb them.



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Posted by Wild Thang on 10/8 at 10:20 pm to CptBengal
Most transparent admin ever.


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Posted by Queen on 10/8 at 10:24 pm to Layabout
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There have been abuses, no question. A new program started this year seeks to curb them.


What program? How does it stop the abuse? Serious talk.



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Posted by Layabout on 10/8 at 11:05 pm to Queen
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What program? How does it stop the abuse? Serious talk.


People quickly figured out how to game the system when the program was first rolled out. The carriers themselves were complicit in a lot of this fraud. The FCC is finally catching up with the them.

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Changes to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse, saving up to $2 billion over 3 years

Setting a savings target of $200 million for 2012, and putting the Commission in a position to adopt an appropriate budget for the program in early 2013 after review of a six-month report and one-year report on the effects of the Order.

Creation of a National Lifeline Accountability Database to prevent multiple carriers from receiving support for the same subscriber. The database will build on FCC efforts in 2011 that eliminated nearly 270,000 duplicate subscriptions in 12 states following review of over 3.6 million subscriber records, saving $33 million.

Creation of eligibility databases from governmental data sources, enabling fully automated verification of consumers’ initial and ongoing Lifeline eligibility. This would reduce the potential for fraud while cutting red tape for consumers and providers. A database based on the three most common federal benefit programs through which consumers qualify for Lifeline will be created no later than the end of 2013.

Establishing a one-per-household rule applicable to all providers in the program, defining household as an “economic unit” so that separate low-income families living at the same address can get connected.

Establishing clear goals and metrics to measure program performance and effectiveness.

Phasing out support for services such as Toll Limitation – subsidies to carriers for blocking or restricting long-distance service—and ending Link Up – subsidies to carriers for initial connection charges. Link Up will continue in Tribal lands.

Reducing burdens on carriers by establishing a uniform, interim flat rate of reimbursement, allowing carriers to obtain a subscriber’s signature electronically, and streamlining enrollment through uniform, nationwide eligibility criteria.


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Posted by Taxing Authority on 10/8 at 11:20 pm to CptBengal
Obama is Squeaky Clean™

Oh and Corporations are buying the election for Republicans.

I feel like I'm forgetting a meme or two...



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