(WASHINGTON FREE BEACON) 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.
DE status is intended to foster competition by allowing smaller and minority businesses to compete. In order to qualify, a company must pass what is known as the attributable material relationship (AMR) rule, which prohibits companies that lease more than 25 percent of their spectrum capacity to another company.
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