Editor, Times-Union:
What do the Hoosiers for Economic Growth, Indiana Bankers Association and the Indiana Builders Association have in common? Actually, they have three things in common.
The first is that they’re all lobbyist groups. Second is they have all donated to Rebecca Kubacki during the last election cycle, and lastly, none of them are headquartered in this district, they are located in Indianapolis. How can a person who claims to be a representative of a district, be taking most of their money from outside the district and from lobby groups? From her campaign donation records, her action leads to the question, “Who does Rebecca Kubacki ultimately work for, us or the lobbyists?”  When she takes most of her campaign money from PACs and lobby groups, it makes one wonder whether or not she really is working in our best interest.
Are special interest groups good? Yes they are, because they can help our legislators understand bills where the legislators may not be subject in. However, when special interest groups donate money to our legislators, are they listening to the words, or the ringing of the dollar signs in their heads?
It reminds me of Ronald Reagan during his first inaugural address when he said, “We hear much of special interest groups. Well, our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we’re sick – professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truck drivers. They are, in short, ‘We the people,’ this breed called Americans.” 
Americans are part of many different special interest groups either through work, common interests, or faith, among others, but the American people make up the largest special interest group – the voters of our representatives.
If you do a search for Rebecca Kubacki on influenceexplorer.com, you will find a politician who taken PAC money compared to citizen money by a 2-to-1 ratio. How can you claim to be a representative of the people of your district, yet take half of the money you take from groups who are not even headquartered in your district? I would rather see a citizen in office who is more interested in receiving donations from citizens. If you want a citizen to be your representative, vote for Curt Nisly in the May 6 Republican primary.
Gary Eppenbaugh
Warsaw, via e-mail