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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
May 7th, 2013
Larry G. from Doniphan, MO writes:
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naturally those receiving public assistance have so much important business to conduct they require a cell phone, yeah right.
May 6th, 2013
Kenneth B. from Fenton, MO signed.
May 6th, 2013
William T. from Blairstown, IA signed.
May 6th, 2013
Charles F S. from Wilsonville, OR writes:
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You right on give more and more and more freebys...Who is going to mpay for all the FREEBYS
May 6th, 2013
robert h. from Harrisburg, PA signed.
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Floyd L. from Dothan, AL signed.
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Patricia S. from Milford, OH signed.
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Norma D. from Garland, TX signed.
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BILL H. from Davenport, FL signed.
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RUTH H. from Davenport, FL signed.
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Beverly G. from Columbus, NE signed.
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Janet D. from Charlotte, NC signed.
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Daniel W. from Beaverton, OR signed.
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Paul S. from Slidell, LA signed.
May 6th, 2013
Someone from Valley Falls, KS writes:
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i beg for the good ol' days when immigrants longed for just an opportunity to better themselves by their own choosing , not entitlements killing us
May 6th, 2013
Rick B. from Carol Stream, IL signed.
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CHRISTINE W. from Pinetop, AZ signed.
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Charles and Wynona C. from Shawnee, OK signed.
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Vernon B. from Roy, WA signed.
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Kevin R. from San Diego, CA signed.
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Lawrence N. from Heber City, UT signed.
May 6th, 2013
Del B. from Dayton, OH writes:
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This is another example of government sponsored fraud, corruption, and abuse of taxpayers money.
May 6th, 2013
Someone from Gladwin, MI signed.
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Barbara S. from Houston, TX signed.
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Mary C. from New Orleans, LA signed.
May 6th, 2013
Barbara G. from Baton Rouge, LA writes:
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How long did we live without cell phones and now these people living off the government are able to multiple free cell phones. There's something really wrong with this and the total Welfare system needs reforming and this woul be a great place to begin. This program doesn't just apply to Welfare recipients, but anyone receiving any kind of government assistance like social security disability benefits, etc. Thank you for allowing us to express our opinion and sending this petition.
May 6th, 2013
Barbara G. from Baton Rouge, LA writes:
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How long did we live without cell phones and now these people living off the government are able to multiple free cell phones. There's something really wrong with this and the total Welfare system needs reforming and this woul be a great place to begin. This program doesn't just apply to Welfare recipients, but anyone receiving any kind of government assistance like social security disability benefits, etc. Thank you for allowing us to express our opinion and sending this petition.
May 5th, 2013
Stanley S. from Watervliet, MI signed.
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Kathryn D. from Crestline, CA signed.
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catherine b. from Chatham, MA signed.
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Gil C. from Chicago, IL signed.
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robert b. from Nashua, NH signed.
May 4th, 2013
Kathleen B. from Spring, TX writes:
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Only phones limited to calls to nurses and doctor who monitor the disabled for blood pressure, temperature, and blood sugar information for emergency care should be covered. Calls to illegal drug providers should not be allowed.