Yeah, how’s that working out for us, Barry? If you’re an Obama crony, I guess it’s working out just fine.
A cellphone company whose top executive has close ties to President Obama lobbied for and won a piece of a major new government push to provide Internet service to low-income job-seekers. The program’s supporters tout it as a way for the unemployed to learn technical skills, to prepare resumes and to search for jobs, but one of the 14 pilot contracts that the FCC awarded went to Miami-based TracFone Wireless Inc.
TracFone CEO F.J. Pollak has been a frequent White House visitor and his wife Abigail has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both Mr. Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. TracFone is a subsidiary of Mexico’s American Movil, part of the corporate empire of billionaire entrepreneur Carlos Slim. The company denies that it engaged in improper lobbying or exploiting the Pollaks’ political and social connections to Mr. Obama.
“That has absolutely nothing to do with business. There’s been no pay-for-play — or even favors. What [Mr. Pollak] does in his private time is his,” he said.
Oh, well, if Pollak’s boss says there was no wrongdoing, who are we to argue, right?