Since 2008 the Lifeline program, which originally provided land lines to the poor was expanded to include cell phones. Putting aside whether the government should be doing this sort of thing, such an expansion seems natural as 2008 was I think the last year I had a land line.
However, it happens that the wife of the CEO of Tracfone, a company which has solidly benefited from the Lifeline program, is a big time bundler for the Obama administration, to the tune of over $1.5 million. She started bundling in 2007.
(From The Free Beacon)
The program expanded to include cell phones in 2008. That change has rapidly increased the cost to the federal government—$1.6 billion in 2011, up from $772 million in 2008. The number of Lifeline beneficiaries rose from 7.1 million to 12.5 million during the same period; cell phones account for roughly half of that 12.5 million.
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.
Free Beacon, 10-8-2012