Are you paying attention, mainstream media? We didn’t think so. However, James O’Keefe and Project Veritas exposed yet another government program that invites fraud and corruption, and the FCC took notice (though they didn’t admit O’Keefe’s expose had anything to do with it):
The FCC has sent notices to companies who participate in the LifeLine phone program (known better to some as “Obama phones”) which instructed them to verify eligibility before handing out phones.
From The Hill:
The notice from the FCC comes a few weeks after Project Veritas, a conservative organization led by activist James O’Keefe, released a video that shows distributors giving free Lifeline phones to people who said they planned to resell them. One of the recipients said he planned to use it for drug money.
O’Keefe’s organization proved that the “honor system” doesn’t work so well when it comes to handing out government goodies. Maybe the government will have better luck when they try it with health care.
What are the Obama phone guidelines to which companies are expected adhere? Some speculation: