For too long some Michigan politicians and their consultants have stretched the truth, broken trust with citizens, and ignored the consequences of the things they say. The result is undue mistrust in our political process, one that is ultimately controlled by citizens – ideally informed citizens like you who are taking the time to learn about the issues and the people who represent them in our representative democracy.
Be a part of Michigan’s Truth Squad. Here’s how:
Identify questionable claims in the political speech you see or hear this year. If you hear or see a major speech, news release, white paper or report, viewpoint column, political website, or issue advertisement that raises questions in your mind, send us a Truth Squad Tip. If a tip exposes an exaggeration, misinformation, an outright lie, or a distortion, we will call a “Foul!” on the politician or political party. Click the link to see more about “What’s a Foul?”
If you choose, your tip can remain anonymous.
Send tips, win prizes! In addition to promoting honesty and integrity in politics, tipsters will have a chance to win Truth Squad T-shirts and other prizes. The more tips you send our way, the better your chances are to win prizes. "Tip of the Day" winners will receive a Truth Squad T-shirt; "Tip of the Month" winners will receive other prizes. Click here for more information.
Let your friends know when the Truth Squad calls a foul: Hold Michigan politicians and political parties accountable. Email, Tweet, Facebook us your favorite fouls.
The Truth Squad is focused on:
- Political Speech
- News Releases
- White Papers or Reports
- Viewpoint Columns
- Political Websites
- Issue Advertisements
We hope you will find the Truth Squad informational, educational, fun and, mostly, useful. Spread the word – we’re ready to blow the whistle on Michigan p0litics.
Overall control resides with the Center for Michigan, which is funding the effort to help maintain civility and help Michigan citizens know what’s true – and what’s foul – about Michigan politics. John Bebow, President of the Center, will be managing the operation overall.
Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications
Martin Waymire Advocacy Communications, a Lansing public relations firm, maintains The Truth Squad Web page and provides marketing assistance for the Michigan Truth Squad, helping deliver calls to the public. It has no input on editorial decisions or calls.