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Local group pushes to amend the Constitution for free and fair elections

A study done in 2012 shows 87 percent of all Americans are troubled by the influence money has on politics.

Posted: Apr. 12, 2019 8:01 PM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2019 11:54 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A study done in 2012 shows 87 percent of all Americans are troubled by the influence money has on politics.

That's why a group known as Wolf-Pac is pushing to amend the Constitution to take money out of the election process. 

Members of the group say they're trying to restore the integrity in the election process. They said it's a complicated process, but money in elections affects every American. 

Rachel Rose Reagan and Janet Robinson are both volunteers with the group, and life-long Hoosiers, working to fix what they say is broken. 

”Our goal is for a 28th amendment to ensure the integrity of our elections," Robinson said. 

But, how does money in politics hurt you? Reagan said congress members spend 50 to 70 percent of their time fundraising rather than working for the people, and she's experienced the impact first hand. 

”My daughter has life-threatening food allergies, and getting their yearly epi-pen has become a daunting task," Reagan said. 

The only ways to fix the problem are through congress, or by contacting your state legislators to ask for an Article V Convention. 

”To have a lasting impact on the voting system, it needs to be an amendment," Robinson said. 

When asked, Congressman Jim Banks said he needs to learn more about Wolf-Pac, but would support free and fair elections. 

”I’m all open to having conversations with groups like this one to talk about how we preserve the importance of our election process," Banks said. 

Representative Andy Zay with the 17th district agreed. 

”We’re America. We are the definition of free and fair elections, and it is upon us to make sure the integrity is of the utmost," Zay said.  

Reagan and Robinson say they've already started the conversation with local legislators, but they encourage the public to call. 

”This is the most important, pressing issue of our time because it affects all other issues," Reagan said. 

To contact the House call: 800-382-9841

To contact the Senate call: 800-382-9467

To learn more about Wolf-Pac, click here. 

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