Project Veritas investigates a $2.2 billion dollar LifeLine Program aka ‘ObamaPhones’ and finds disturbing evidence of employees telling us that we can sell the phones to buy heroin and expensive handbags.
UNCOVERED: 'OBAMAPHONES' SOLD TO BUY DRUGS AND LOUIS VUITTON BAGS
LifeLine, aka ObamaPhones, is a $2.2 Billion dollar federal program intended to assist those in need of communication services. The program gives out corporate subsidies to companies like TerraCom Wireless and StandUp Wireless. Those companies in turn give out free phones using the money the taxpayers pay in fees on their cell phone bills. These federal tax dollars are funneled into companies of wealthy CEO’s and donors lke Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim who receive $10 per phone given away. His company would then create LifeLine programs that offered discounted phone calls and low rates. What was intended to help those in need became a way for the wealthy to make a profit.
In 2008, the LifeLine budget was $822 Million. With such an increase in spending in a short amount of time, Project Veritas investigated wireless companies known for providing ObamaPhones for any signs of fraud, waste or abuse. Undercover footage in Philadelphia and Minneapolis showed these phones were given away with no accountability as to those who were truly in need. Workers within the program were willing to look the other way when hearing how applicants would turn and sell the phones for drugs, handbags, or to pay their bills.
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