We are everyday Americans fighting for a government that works for we, the people.
Josh Aciz "Aces"National Director (Leadership Council Member & 527 Treasurer)
After working in multiple call centers as a supervisor and/or manager for the last 12 years, I was exhausted working for companies that continued to put profits over people, similar to how Congress puts big money donations over their constituents. I moved around for most of my adult life until one day I just had enough.
Shortly after getting married, my wife and I decided to move to Rhode Island, where I was born and raised. I was eager to volunteer for Wolf-PAC because I knew the plan and intentions to fix a broken system. I did my homework, trusted Wolf-PAC’s plan and most of all I trusted the 97% of Americans who say we need to do something about the corrupting influence of big money in politics. With this newfound understanding, frustration and determination, I signed up the minute I was settled back home in RI. In just a matter of months, I became a Volunteer Organizer for the Wolf-PAC RI team, helping our Volunteer State Leader train and support other volunteers. Soon afterward, I gave testimony for the first time in the House and Senate committees in support of Wolf PAC’s resolution. We continued to build our team while simultaneously working to push our resolution forward. We did not pass our first year but we learned a lot. Just being engaged in the process for the first time was invigorating.
So we pushed forward, we didn’t give up and we got right back to work preparing for the next session. We spent many long days, nights, weeks, weekends, and months working as hard as we could in our free time to pass Wolf-PAC’s Free and Fair Elections resolution. With only two days left in the session, we passed the House with overwhelming support. The following day, the very last day of the session, we passed the Senate with UNANIMOUS support. Every single Senator voted yes. It was truly an amazing experience, and I was overwhelmed with emotion. A few months later, I got a call from the Wolf-PAC National team, and they asked me if I would be willing to work on this full time. I jumped at the opportunity to work 50 to 60 hours a week, fly around the country and do everything I could to help other states pass our resolution. I can’t wait to experience that sense of victory and fulfillment once again with the thousands of hard-working volunteers all across the country. The day we get the 28th Amendment will be the greatest day of my life!
Sam FieldmanNational Counsel (Leadership Council Member, C4 Board Member & C4 Treasurer)
Sam Fieldman joined Wolf-PAC on day one for two reasons, his twin girls, Hanna and Ginny, who would be born a few weeks later. Sam went to Fordham Law School with the idea of learning to use the law as a tool to follow the instructions of our founders to create “a more perfect union.” He began his legal career in the Public Integrity Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, investigating political corruption, especially a pay to play scheme involving private equity firms and the 100 million dollar New York State Common Retirement Fund. Sam was working in the private sector when the Citizens United decision prompted him to study campaign finance law and how fix the problems created, not just by that decision, but by the Court going back to the 1970s. He found the Article V Convention process but knew it could only be used with a large organization of dedicated volunteers. That was why he joined Wolf-PAC as soon as it was announced. Since that time, he has served in various roles and currently works for Wolf-PAC as an independent contractor filling the role of National Counsel and is a member of the Leadership Council.
National Volunteer Leadership
Ronnie KelloggVolunteer Leader Nebraska (Leadership Council Member & C4 President)
I’ll never forget how horrid I felt as I realized that I was about to drop out of college. Sitting in front of my advisor and vocational rehab counselor and listening to them express their ideas about why I was in the mess I was in was hard to take. School was my haven for such a long time and I had such high expectations for myself, but they were dashed and I knew why. My sleeping pattern was inconsistent and it was causing me indefinable grief.
At 18 months old I was diagnosed with cancer in both of my eyes. They were removed to keep me alive. My blindness means that I can’t see when it is light or dark, so my biological clock can’t tell when it is night or day. This leads to the very bad sleep pattern typical of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder.
Soon after the ordeal of dropping out of college, I became part of a scientific study that would lead to a successful treatment of the disorder. Now, my sleep pattern is much better and I am able to do cool things like run my own vending machine business without feeling like I’m constantly drowning in brain fog. The only problem is that this life-changing medicine is so expensive that I would have to be able to buy a brand-new condominium every year just to afford it on my own. Thank goodness I’m on Medicaid! But many others aren’t so lucky and have to ration their meds, go bankrupt, or go without because health care is such a travesty overall in this country.
Music has been one of my greatest loves since I was a tiny boy. So, it isn’t too surprising that I was singing my heart out when I got the call. It was a man by the name of Grant and he was very keen to get me involved in this thing called Wolf-PAC. He got his wish and I have been doing everything that I can to help cure our political system’s financial corruption addiction since 2018. After all, we all deserve a country where anyone can get the life-changing or lifesaving treatment, they need without having to get super rich first. If we all work together and cure the addiction, we will be able to get there and beyond.
Bo YeVolunteer Leader Massachusetts (Leadership Council Member & C4 Vice President)
Hello! I am Bo Ye from Massachusetts. I immigrated from Guangzhou, China at an early age and have lived most of my life in Boston. I work as a financial advisor and specialize in retirement planning. I have a large extended family in both China and Canada. In my spare time, I enjoy going to music concerts and watching mixed martial arts. I also like going on outdoor adventures with my rescue coonhound.
I joined Wolf-PAC as a volunteer in late 2016 just in time for the committee hearing at the Massachusetts State House. Armed with just a surface level of political knowledge and zero experience in community organizing, I didn’t know what to expect. So I was blown away when I witnessed the incredible horde of Wolf-PAC supporters from all parts of Massachusetts packed into that stuffy room delivering powerful testimony after testimony to endorse our resolution. A fire was lit under me.
Since then, I haven’t stopped tackling the weekly goals and learning from the incredible Wolf-PAC team. There have been many firsts: first time meeting with my legislator, first time phone banking, first time canvassing, first time tabling at an event, first time recruiting volunteers, and the list goes on and on. When we pass in Massachusetts, I’ll continue to #BeTheWolf for the other states until we finally get the Amendment and then I can say to my friends with all sincerity that I played a role in fixing our broken democracy.
Amber CartVolunteer Leader Indiana (Leadership Council Member, C4 Board Member & C4 Co-Treasurer)
Hello! I am Amber Cart from Indiana. I grew up and currently live in a small town, about halfway between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. My parents worked in social services, which is where my compassion for others comes from. I also have an older sister who has become my best friend. I graduated college with a BA from TU and currently work in the Accounting field. I spend a lot of my downtime with my 3-year-old cocker spaniel named Twitters.
I joined Wolf-PAC as a volunteer in late 2014. I was frustrated with the Healthcare debate and subsequent law that came after. I was hoping for a public option because, at the time, I did not have an employer-supplied plan and could not afford private options – even with tax rebates. And I knew that I was not the only one. The amount of campaign donations by the healthcare industry pushed me over the edge. Volunteering for Wolf-PAC has allowed me to meet people and find friends from a wide variety of backgrounds. Working towards a common goal has been really fulfilling.
Armando Cardenas JrVolunteer Leader Iowa (Leadership Council Member & C4 Board Member)
Eric BenevidesVolunteer Leader New Hampshire (Leadership Council Member & 527 Board Member)
I moved to the great state of New Hampshire in 2010, with my then 3-year-old daughter Zoey, and wife Anna. When I’m not busy being an amazing husband and father, I turn computers off and on again as an Information Technologist for the University of New Hampshire. Frustrated with the state of our republic, and the overwhelming influence of money in our elections, I had a choice to wallow in self-pity or fight for change.
I chose to fight and discovered many organizations that shared my passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in our politics. However, one stood out with a plan that has the best chance of succeeding so I decided to join. That was many years ago, and though my title has changed from volunteer to Organizer to Organizing Director, and finally National Coordinator, I continue to fight! So one day I can turn to my daughter and say without hesitation “You can achieve anything because in America your voice matters as much as anyone else’s.”
Erin BlackfordVolunteer Leader Indiana (Leadership Council Member & 527 Board Member)
I was raised a little country bumpkin in Fort Wayne, Indiana, before traveling the world in my late teens to mid-20s. When I got finished with my travel bug, I returned home to Indiana, where I began my family. I now have two wonderful and outspoken teenagers that keep society on its toes. My favorite pastimes are hiking, arguing on social media, and gardening.
I came to Wolf-PAC in January 2017 after yet another, mass shooting. After spending 8 years in the military, it is insane that firearms our military uses to defend the country are being used on our children in the place meant to keep them safe. Even more insane is that the only reason this problem has been allowed to grow is pure greed. Gun violence is now the number 1 killer of our children in this country I was sworn to defend.
Justin FiorilleVolunteer Leader Ohio (Leadership Council Member & 527 Board Member)
My name is Justin Fiorille, and I’m from a rural country outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I started volunteering for Wolf-PAC in early 2016 while I was in handcuffs and detained by DC Capitol Police (I’ll explain later)…
When I graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 2009, the endless jobs promised were scarce to find in the wake of the Great Recession market crash. That activated my political interests because I wanted to understand why that happened. I was lucky, and within a year, I landed an aerospace industry job for the next 10+ years, but the concern never left me. When I found out that my company had a corporate Super PAC and they were donating large amounts of money to Congresspeople and presidential candidates, I went down the next rabbit hole of research that led to my firm understanding of big money and dark money as the root cause of our country’s most harmful problems.
I attended the 2016 Democracy Spring protest in Washington DC and was arrested at the Capitol while pushing for democracy reforms with nonviolent civil disobedience. I made friends with a fellow detainee that happened to live near me, and it turns out he volunteered for Wolf-PAC! I thought, “Ohio has a Wolf-PAC team? Count me in.” So in I went, and here I’ve stayed because no other group I’ve been a part of has taught me so much and convinced me so thoroughly that we can win the change we need for our country and our future!