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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
Nov 16th, 2013
alan t. from San Antonio, TX signed.
Nov 16th, 2013
JB M. from Tehachapi, CA signed.
Nov 16th, 2013
Larry G. from Doniphan, MO writes:
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If the people receiving these cell phones are so important that they require a cell phone, then they should have little problem obtaining gainful employment. Then they can pay for their own cell phone bill, instead of piling it onto the backs of the American tax payers!
Nov 14th, 2013
Someone from Rockwell, NC writes:
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I know people who really need this and can't get it. AND I've seen druggies that have 2 and brag about how dumb these people are that give out these phones, at least do a drug test before handing out phones.
Nov 14th, 2013
Michael G. from Surprise, AZ signed.
Nov 14th, 2013
Someone from Valley Falls, KS writes:
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no secrets as to why us taxpayers are paying for these phones. Are there balls enuf in Washington to stop it--hardly think so
Nov 13th, 2013
Someone from Watertown, SD signed.
Nov 12th, 2013
Linda R. from Parkersburg, WV signed.
Nov 12th, 2013
Larry S. from Huntingdon, TN signed.
Nov 12th, 2013
barney and peggy w. from Conroe, TX signed.
Nov 10th, 2013
edmund k. from Monaca, PA signed.
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Someone from Vail, AZ signed.
Nov 8th, 2013
Vernon B. from Roy, WA signed.
Nov 8th, 2013
Meleia C. from Paragould, AR signed.
Nov 8th, 2013
Philip G. from Florence, AL writes:
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I personally know 4 people who have these phones and are not qualified to get them!
Nov 6th, 2013
Someone from Medford, NY writes:
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Put these bums in jail...cut off their foodstamps...cut off free cell phones
Nov 6th, 2013
Randy S. from Fayetteville, NC signed.
Nov 5th, 2013
Rene G. from Luling, LA signed.
Nov 5th, 2013
John A. from Monahans, TX signed.
Nov 4th, 2013
Michael G. from Surprise, AZ signed.
Nov 2nd, 2013
Clayton N. from Crane, MO signed.
Nov 1st, 2013
Paul C. from Payson, AZ signed.
Nov 1st, 2013
Lynn L. from Loudon, TN signed.
Oct 31st, 2013
Michael G. from Surprise, AZ signed.
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Alfred H. from Worcester, MA signed.
Oct 31st, 2013
Kay R. from Austin, TX signed.
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James C. from Irving, TX signed.
Oct 31st, 2013
Shane F. from Zephyrhills, FL signed.
Oct 30th, 2013
Michael G. from Surprise, AZ signed.
Oct 30th, 2013
Someone from Milwaukee, WI writes:
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This is sheer bribery of unthinking people of all races. Our ancestors worked to close taverns and prevent free drinks for votes on election days.
Oct 30th, 2013
Robert M. from Charleston, WV signed.
Oct 30th, 2013
Someone from Midlothian, VA writes:
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It's time to stop giving freebies. These people need to get a job and pay for cell phones for themselves!
Oct 30th, 2013
Someone from Westminster, MD signed.
Oct 30th, 2013
Someone from Westminster, MD signed.
Oct 29th, 2013
Kenneth B. from Eastlake, OH signed.
Oct 28th, 2013
Someone from Louisa, VA signed.
Oct 28th, 2013
Cathleen P. from Mokelumne Hill, CA writes:
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If those phones are allowed to stay, they should be programmed with 911 only and perhaps 15 minutes per month.
Oct 28th, 2013
Someone from Avoca, MI signed.
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Someone from Lancaster, PA signed.
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Someone from San Antonio, TX signed.