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Donor to Obama and father of FCC commissioner gets profitable telecom waiver from group

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This looks sketchy as heck.

A telecom company is basically getting special prices on buying wireless spectrum, even thought it just leases that spectrum to big telecoms. The company's owner is a bundler for President Obama but also a donor to Rep. Jim Clyburn, whose daughter Mignon Clyburn is an FCC commissioner.

Here's the Free Beacon's story on it:

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to grant a waiver to provide favorable status in wireless auctions to an Obama donor is “as unlawful as it is absurd,” FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said Wednesday.

On a 3-2 party-line vote, Democratic commissioners at the FCC granted Grain Management, LLC., status as a “designated entity” (DE) on Tuesday, allowing the company to receive discounts designed for small businesses when bidding for wireless licenses. David Grain, a major bundler for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, owns the firm.

(Disclosure: One of my brothers works in telecom on matters involving spectrum. I don't know how or if his company is involved in the substantive, procedural, or specific matters involved here.)

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