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Obama Donors Dial Into Profits With the ObamaPhone

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 8th, 2012

This sure isn’t your father’s AT&T.

Or MCI.

Or Sprint.

Or even those old 1010 numbers.

No, this is just good old fashioned graft. Chicago and Obama-style.

And Now:

In Example 2,348,393 of “Why does this not surprise me?” (AKA “What have THEY done THIS time?”), comes word that there is quite a bit more to the ObamaPhone bribe then just a simple and obvious vote-buying gimmick in which to both entice potential Obama voters to the polls and also make complete and total idiots out of themselves on YouTube and other places. (Not that such people need all that much help with that, anyway)

From Free Beacon:

A wireless company profiting from the so-called “Obama phone” giveaway program is run by a prominent Democratic donor whose wife has raised more than $1.5 million for the president since 2007.

And this company is a well known one. TracFone. One who has benefited greatly from the Lifeline program. A program that was initally set up in 1986 to those who needed assistance is securing a landline telephone. Inevitably, it was expanded (as all government programs do genetically) and as cell phones started taking over the phone market over the past 15 years, coverage for that was added in 2008. Which of course, led to near-exponential growth in the program. From $772 million in 2008 to now over $1.6 billion in 2012.

As for the funny money portion of all of this? Well…

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.

In addition to the Pollak’s hosting a $40,000=a-plate fundraiser for the Obamas as well being White House guests of the Obamas on at least two occasions, their company also gets more than just a little free publicity from the Lifeline program.

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.

Considering that a new donor scandal seems to be popping up every other day with the Obama campaign, it sure does makes one wonder how many of these TracFone prepaid cards ended up in the Obama 2012 campaign coffers.


Friday Fun: Retro Trades

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | September 28th, 2012

Obama Dept. of Labor Seeks To Delay Pink Slips To Federally Contracted Companies Until After Election

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | July 31st, 2012

Oops!

It seems like there was a bit of a kink in the Obama Campaign’s 2012 Road To Nowhere. Or Forward. Or whatever it is being called this week.

It seems like they wanted to make sure that the many thousands of layoffs that are going to occur due to federal contracts being canceled and the like, were not issued a mere five days before the election

From CNSNews.com:

(CNSNews.com) – President Obama is trying to prevent thousands of layoff notices from going out a few days before the November election, Sen. Jame Inhofe (R-Okla.) said on Tuesday.

Obama’s Labor Department on Monday issued “guidance” to the states, telling them that a federal law requiring advance notice of mass layoffs does not apply to the layoffs that may occur in January as a result of automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Inhofe, appearing on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, said President Obama, through his Labor Department, “is trying to intimidate businesses, companies, corporations — not just defense contractors — into not issuing the pink slips,” which are required by federal law 60 days before mass layoffs or plant closings.

“(T)he president doesn’t really want all these pink slips going out five days before the election,” Inhofe said.

While the WARN Act requires that workers who are scheduled to be laid off from companies that have contracts with the federal government, are to be notified no later than 60 days before the contract runs out or is canceled, the Department of Labor is singing a different tune.

But in guidance issued on Monday, Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates said never mind about those pink slips:

“Questions have recently been raised as to whether the WARN Act requires Federal contractors…whose contracts may be terminated or reduced in the event of sequestration on January 2, 2013, to provide WARN Act notices 60 days before that date to their workers employed under government contracts funded from sequestrable accounts. The answer to this question is ‘no.’ In fact, to provide such notice would be inconsistent with the purpose of the WARN Act.”

Of course, as Inhofe pointed out, big contractors like Lockheed-Martin could face severe fines if they do not issue said pink slips according the WARN Act’s guidelines.

Nothing like playing politics with thousands of American jobs, just to cover up the fact that we are in the worst jobs and unemployment situation since the Great Depression.


Coleman: “You’re not going to repeal Obamacare”

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | January 25th, 2012

Well, this is, shall we say, “juicy” and with a good chance of going viral.

From Ricochet:

By Ben Domenech

Norm Coleman – the former senator from Minnesota and a prominent advisor for Mitt Romney – suggested over the weekend in an interview that no matter who the Republican nominee is, they are unlikely to fully repeal Obamacare.

“We’re not going to do repeal. You’re not going to repeal Obamacare… It’s not a total repeal… You will not repeal the act in its entirety, but you will see major changes, particularly if there is a Republican president… You can’t whole-cloth throw it out. But you can substantially change what’s been done.”

He goes on to say: “The Supreme Court first of all will have to deal with it. If you get rid of the individual mandate, then this whole thing may collapse.” Asked by the moderator whether this means other provisions will go away as well, Coleman says: “I don’t think they will go away, because I don’t think the Act works financially, it simply doesn’t work, if you have severability.” Coleman maintains that Republicans still “need to do health care reform” and suggests that he supports the approach put forward by Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden.

Coleman’s remarks are remarkable because every Republican candidate — including Romney — has vowed to make repealing the law a priority. Coleman is also the chairman of the American Action Network, which has urged the courts to strike down the law’s individual mandate and its Medicaid expansion.

While this is hardly earth-shattering news, for someone who is a senior advisor to the one who signed the disastrous RomneyCare bill and who himself could not even beat a certifiable public menace like Al Franken, by a large enough margin to overcome the Democrat margin-of-fraud, it has to be a bit off-putting to the Romney campaign to see him “spill the beans”.

I predicted nearly a year ago in one of my favorite forums that Romney was already toast and might well be gone from the primaries before they were concluded. It might be even sooner than that. Being the GOP Elite’s pick has a shorter shelf life than a Kardashian marriage nowadays.


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