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FCC asked to investigate Lansing city council robo calls

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio

The federal government is being asked to investigate a city council election in Lansing. 

Voters in two city wards up for election next month have been getting robo-calls making strong accusations against two candidates. 

The robo-calls do not identify who’s behind them.

City resident Elaine Womboldt filed complaints about the robo-calls with the FCC. She supports newcomer Adam Hussain’s bid to unseat an incumbent city councilwoman.

“I felt it was more of a smearing campaign toward Adam Hussain than actually covering the issues,” says Womboldt.

A group known as Capitol Region Progress is believed to be behind the robo-calls. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.