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Tell Congress: Stop "Free" Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones!

Dead people don't just vote in elections, they also get "free" smart phones and free monthly minutes courtesy of the federal government and taxpayers.

“The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor. For those who are struggling, we want to you to have something infinitely more valuable than a free phone.” – Sen. Rand Paul, Tea Party Response to the State of the Union

Dead people don’t just vote in elections, they also get “free” smart phones and free monthly minutes courtesy of the federal government and taxpayers.

It’s shocking, but true. 

In fact, millions of individuals are receiving so-called “free” government phones and phone plans – though as many as 41% of the recipients can’t even prove that they are even eligible to receive them.

The program that was created during the Reagan administration to provide emergency land-line service for the poor and help them find jobs, Lifeline,  has now become a program full of fraud and waste, even Obama’s FCC admits to. 

“The FCC, itself, said in a recent year there were 270,000 beneficiaries that had more than one of these subsidized cell phones,” Senator Vitter says, “That's completely against the law right there.”

What’s worse is that all Americans who pay a phone bill are forced to contribute to this terrible government program.

Attached to every single phone bill is a charge for “Universal Service” which telecom companies collect and transfer the Universal Service Fund – the government fund that pays for Lifeline and its sister Link-up.  

The government must stop forcing the American people to finance this wasteful and immoral system – especially as individuals and lawmakers are lobbying for the program’s indefinite expansion, wanting to cover things like broadband internet. 

Relief provisions for the impoverished among us should be left to private organizations, charities, churches, and shelters – groups that are built to handle real needs and are voluntary. 

The government needs to be stopped from forcing every phone-bill-paying American to subsidize their failing program in the name of helping the needy. Lawmakers must fight to curtail and eliminate Lifeline altogether, and they can start cutting its “free” cell phone service.

Take Action and Demand Congress to PASS the “Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2013” and oppose all legislation that would expand Lifeline!

Public Comments
Jul 27th, 2013
Ken & Mary M. from Livermore, CA signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Darrel R. from Veneta, OR signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Christine G. from Warwick, NY signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
brenda l. from Pensacola, FL writes:
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Only help people who can PROVE they need it!
Jul 27th, 2013
IVAN R. from Pensacola, FL signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Erin E. from Lumberton, TX signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Lisa M. from Beulaville, NC signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Freda C. from Sun City West, AZ writes:
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I can't believe that this passed in the beginning!! I guess it is easy when you are spending someone else's money!! STOP FREE PHONES!!!!!
Jul 27th, 2013
Someone from Mercer Island, WA signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Lloyd M. from Parker, CO signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
MARY C. from Sun City West, AZ signed.
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oscar c. from Fallon, NV signed.
Jul 27th, 2013
Clifford and Rhonda B. from Gladwin, MI signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Betty P. from Florahome, FL writes:
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time to shut this theft network down
Jul 26th, 2013
raymond m. from Fort Wayne, IN signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Mark S C. from Hesperia, CA signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Donald D. from Lenoir, NC signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Someone from South Plainfield, NJ writes:
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If I can live with just a Tracphone, they can to! Limit the minutes & no photos!
Jul 26th, 2013
Patricia A. from Bagley, IA writes:
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With a DEBT that keeps growing ...isn't it time to cut needless spending??? I'd say this is a good place to start!!!
Jul 26th, 2013
June G. from Stuart, FL signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Carole B. from Stuart, FL signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Mattie Claudine B. from Summerville, GA signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Terry M. from Blytheville, AR writes:
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Free cellphones are senseless...should never have happened to begin with...but you know how block voters come about...something free all the time and the Democrats will have a few more VOTES...
Jul 26th, 2013
Someone from Statesville, NC writes:
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I am a widow living on just my social security and I pay for my phone and should not have to pay for all these others. This was done to help but has got way out of hand!
Jul 26th, 2013
Donny M. from Suffolk, VA signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Someone from Mathiston, MS signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
DAVID B. from Shallotte, NC signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Someone from Payne, OH signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
ROBERT G. from West Mifflin, PA signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
John K. from Pensacola, FL writes:
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If this "Bill" does not pass, I request that ALL of these Federal Issued phones be monitored for Crime.
Jul 26th, 2013
John G. from Nicholasville, KY signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Rickey O. from Springtown, TX writes:
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I can barely afford the cost of my wife's and my cellphone of $110.00 per month and we do not have text nor can we send pictures. We pay our own phone bills, why should we have to pay others phone bills?
Jul 26th, 2013
Jesse H. from Albuquerque, NM signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Dale T. from O Brien, OR signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Florence B. from Rotonda West, FL signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Terry W. from Aurora, MO signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Someone from Hot Springs National Park, AR writes:
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the majority in congress have no common sense,or we wouldn't be in this mess
Jul 26th, 2013
Martha S. from Montgomery, AL signed.
Jul 26th, 2013
Barry B. from Chandler, AZ writes:
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I saw a lady on a TV news report saying if you vote for Obama, you'll get a free phone. I guess this is the new Chicago politics! It used to be they would buy you a beer for your vote, now it's a free phone that taxpayers pay for. What the Hell is happening to our great country:-(
Jul 26th, 2013
William K. from Saint Louis, MO signed.