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Tom Cramer for Congress
704 228th Ave NE #946
Sammamish WA 98074
206-551-4497
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  • Stephanie Frizzell
    commented 2018-06-14 11:17:01 -0700
    Dear Mr. Cramer,


    Your voters deserve to know that you are a person of integrity. You can differentiate yourself from other political figures and show voters that you deserve their trust by taking the Pro-Truth Pledge (PTP) at ProTruthPledge.org, which asks signers to make public their commitment to truthfulness. I have full confidence you are already following these behaviors: the point of the pledge is to make public your already-existing commitment, in our current atmosphere of misinformation. Doing so will also help reverse the rising tide of misinformation in our public discourse, which is undermining the social trust that is vital for our democracy.


    Over 500 politicians across the political spectrum took the pledge, whether state-level ones such as members of state legislatures Eric Nelson (PA), James White (TX), and Ogden Driskell (WY), or national politicians such as members of US Congress Beto O’Rourke (TX), Matt Cartwright (PA), and Marcia Fudge (OH). Over 700 other public figures have taken the pledge, such as globally-known public intellectuals Peter Singer, Steven Pinker, Michael Shermer, and Jonathan Haidt, and religious leaders such as Pierre Whalon and Lorenzo Neal. Over 70 organizations, whether news-oriented ones such as Media Bias/Fact Check, Media in Action, Columbus Free Press, and Fugitive Watch, or civic-oriented ones such as Earth Organization for Sustainability, Getting Better Foundation, United Coalition of Reason, and SMART politics also took the pledge. The full list of public figures and organizations who committed to the pledge is here. While they may have many disagreements, they are united around a commitment to truthful behavior.


    The PTP has already had positive media coverage in prominent US and international media venues on the right and left. They include Newsweek, The Guardian, The Daily Caller, Raw Story, Scientific American, NPR, CBS News, and many others. Many reporters and news organizations took the pledge, and cover favorably those politicians who choose to do so.


    Let me share more about this initiative, which unites people around the truth. The pledge does so by replacing the currently-fuzzy concept of “truth,” which different people can interpret differently, with 12 clearly-observable behaviors that research in behavioral science shows correlate with an orientation toward truthfulness. These behaviors include clarifying one’s opinions and the facts, citing one’s sources, and celebrating people who update their beliefs toward the truth, and others, all listed on the pledge website. People across the political spectrum can thus simply observe whether others are following the behaviors, as opposed to arguing about what is “the truth.”


    The pledge asks signers – which include private citizens, public figures, and organizations – to commit to following these behaviors by signing the pledge on the pledge website (click on the “Take the Pledge” button on the top right). Private citizens who sign the pledge get the benefit of contributing to a more truth-oriented society.


    Public figures like yourself get more substantive rewards for signing the pledge, in the form of positive media and public recognition. Moreover, if one politician in a race signs the pledge and that politician’s competitors do not, the pledge-taking politician can effectively attack the opponent as failing to commit publicly to telling the truth and ask what they are hiding and lying about. In other words, taking the pledge conveys to voters that you are more trustworthy, and your opponents failing to take the pledge signals to voters that they are less trustworthy.


    The pledge provides external credibility for you by asking volunteers to evaluate the statements of elected officials who sign the pledge, ensuring they stick to the truth, and asking them to clarify their statements if needed. You can read more about how the rewards and evaluation process works in this blog. Thus, the PTP functions as the equivalent of the Better Business Bureau for public figures: the BBB provides credibility for ethical business practices and the PTP provides credibility for truthfulness for public figures and organizations.


    For a more thorough explanation of the mechanism of the PTP, you can check out this academic article in the peer-reviewed Behavior and Social Issues. We have run two studies at Ohio State University demonstrating the effectiveness of the pledge in changing the behavior of both private citizens and public figures to be more truthful with a large statistical significance. They are both published in the Social Science Research Network and are forthcoming in the Journal for Social and Political Psychology. For example, one of the studies involved evaluating the sharing of pledge-signers on Facebook. Researchers examined the first 10 news-relevant posts one month after they took the pledge and graded the quality of the information shared, including the links, to determine how closely their posts matched the behaviors of the pledge. They then looked at the first 10 news-relevant posts 11 months before they took the pledge and rated those. The study found large, statistically significant improvement in pledge-takers’ adherence to the 12 behaviors, such as fewer posts containing misinformation and including more sources.


    PTP activists around the country help spread the message about candidates who have taken the pledge and those who have not in a variety of ways, such as letters to the editor like this one, or op-eds like this one. We also have many media professionals around the country sympathetic to our endeavors, and we work with them to help them publish pieces like this one uplifting candidates who have taken the pledge. Shortly before an election, we send out a message to all private citizens who signed the pledge in your area informing them of which candidates signed the pledge, and which failed to do so. We have a host of other ways of boosting the message about which candidates have committed to truthful behavior.


    I hope you will choose to serve as a public role model to help reverse the tide of lies in political discourse by taking the pledge yourself. It takes 2 minutes to sign the pledge at this website, or you can of course have someone do it on your behalf. Please make sure to check the box “Elected or appointed official or candidate.” You are welcome, but not obliged, to include a brief paragraph about why you chose to take the pledge, and up to three links to your online presence. Politicians usually share a link to their official website, their campaign contributions page, and their Twitter account or Facebook page: do whatever seems most reasonable for you. Please do include a link to your preferred image to use for your visual representation on the pledge website. We will list all that in the public figures and organizations page on the website and send it out to those who signed the pledge. After taking the pledge, we encourage you to share about doing so on your social media and newsletters, and to also add a badge to your website about the fact that you took the pledge (see Johny Martin’s website as an example). This blog describes in detail how you can maximize the benefit for yourself of taking the pledge, while also helping spread the message about effective ways to fight fake news through the pledge.


    All of these steps help ensure you get maximum benefit for you as someone committed to truthfulness, and also maximize the impact of spreading word about the pledge, thus promoting truth and fighting misinformation in public discourse. I hope you will take these brief steps to achieve the full impact of the pledge, but do not feel obliged: your signature is the most important step you can take. If you are under extreme time pressure now, you can simply email me back saying you’d like your name added to the list of signers, and I will have one of our volunteers fill it in.


    I would be happy to chat about this matter further at your leisure, by Skype, phone, email, or other means of communication. I hope you choose to take the pledge by going to ProTruthPledge.org and clicking on the orange button “Take the Pledge” at the top right of the website home page.


    Thanks in advance for helping your voters understand that you are a person of integrity!


    Stephanie Frizzell
  • Jason Rigden
    commented 2018-03-21 08:56:23 -0700
    Does your campaign have a presence on twitter? I can’t find your handle.
  • Ian James
    commented 2018-01-12 20:07:30 -0800
    Dear Thomas,


    Thank you for running for congress, to represent us in WA-08. I really like your positions on inequality, Climate Change, minority rights, voter rights and everything else you stand for. Good for you!


    I was especially pleased to see your commitment to lead the charge to end global warming. It is our moral duty to be good stewards of the planet, and to safeguard the future for future generations.


    I am writing today to ask you if you support a National Carbon Fee & Dividend?


    There are two such proposals currently receiving much favorable attention. Citizens’ Climate Lobby has the best plan. Please see https://citizensclimatelobby.org/basics-carbon-fee-dividend/ and https://citizensclimatelobby.org/why-carbon-fee-and-dividend/ for details. The Climate Leadership Council has a very similar plan, described here: https://www.clcouncil.org/our-plan/


    Both these plans have received favorable endorsements and support from both the left and the right. They both correct the current pricing error of fossil fuels, helping free enterprise and market forces to move us towards clean, renewable energy.


    I am a married man with two sons, and I have lived in Washington state since 1987. For most of that time, I have worked at Microsoft. Please know that Climate Change is my top issue, and I will work tirelessly to support any politician, Democrat or Republican, who takes real steps to tackle this crisis.


    Good luck with your campaign,
    - Ian James
  • Douglas Durrenberger
    commented 2017-12-27 13:04:50 -0800
    I am interested to know your position on net neutrality. Do you support the 2015 protections or the recent FCC repeal of those protections?

    Thank you, Douglas
  • Diana Williams
    commented 2017-11-18 02:51:01 -0800
    What would a huge increase in relevant traffic mean for your business? If I could greatly increase the amount of customers who are interested in your products and services, wouldn’t you be interested
  • Scott Muir
    commented 2017-10-08 01:53:47 -0700
    Woud love to work, I want to learn more about you.
  • Christopher Cramer
    published this page 2017-07-27 10:43:16 -0700