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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 1st, 2013
Someone from Mountain View, MO writes:
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People should not get something for nothing, unless they legitimately need help. Free phones are rediculous. I lived a better portion of my life without a cell phone.
May 1st, 2013
John M. from Portland, OR signed.
May 1st, 2013
John T. from Tucson, AZ signed.
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Clifford and Rhonda B. from Gladwin, MI signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
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Someone from Wickliffe, KY signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Robert B. from Clarkston, MI signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Scott H. from New Orleans, LA writes:
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Budget cuts, but still enough tax payer money for free phones. This place is a joke.
Apr 30th, 2013
Antonio H. from Canoga Park, CA signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Someone from Crawfordsville, IN signed.
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George P. from Oroville, WA signed.
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Someone from Port Republic, MD signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Geoffrey W G. from Phoenix, AZ signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Thomas R. from Imperial Beach, CA writes:
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How do I get control of your spending my money???
Apr 30th, 2013
Glenn M. from Arlington, TX signed.
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Ada H. from Kannapolis, NC signed.
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Someone from Cleveland, OH signed.
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Someone from Highland, CA signed.
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Donna R. from Ormond Beach, FL signed.
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Mary W. from Greenwood, LA signed.
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Someone from Kinston, NC signed.
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Stephen B. from Oakdale, NY signed.
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thomas k. from Staten Island, NY signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Kenneth N. from Pensacola, FL writes:
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Stop the foolishness of taxpayer provided phones.
Apr 30th, 2013
Bonita R. from Kenosha, WI signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Someone from Ventura, CA writes:
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There are other more important items... senior care, etc.
Apr 30th, 2013
charles c. from Foresthill, CA writes:
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Quit feeding the poor with junk like cell phones and get going on the economy so they can get a job and pay for their own items like all us working people!!!!!
Apr 30th, 2013
Joyce M. from Milwaukee, WI writes:
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Lifeline for emergency care is great, but omit the 'fraud'...I'm sick of it. Thank you.
Apr 30th, 2013
Ramona K. from Albuquerque, NM writes:
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We cannot afford this. It needs to stop. I was not aware that the Universal Fee pays for this. Very bad.
Apr 30th, 2013
Dale M. from Madison, WI writes:
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I can NOT afford a cell phone-what makes those who receive cell phones better?Are we NOT ALL EQUAL.
Apr 30th, 2013
barbara e. from Littleton, CO signed.
Apr 30th, 2013
Delvin A. from Jamestown, NY writes:
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A ploy to buy votes from the welfare voter base of this illegal incumbent
Apr 30th, 2013
PETER W. from Franklin, NC signed.
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Mario V. from Westbury, NY signed.
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Norma D. from Garland, TX signed.
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Bob W. from Denton, TX signed.
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marie d. from Lucas, OH signed.
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Donald O. from Littlestown, PA signed.