Verify More is a 501(c)3 public charity that believes an informed public and accurate media play a vital role in elections.
Founded in 2013, the Verify More movement was started by former politician David Doud, who twice ran against opponents who were endorsed by the Seattle Times (James Whitfield and Rob Holland) despite hiding embarrassing information from both the editorial board and voters.
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In 2016, print and digital circulation of newspapers fell by 8 percent from the previous year, marking the 28th consecutive year of declines, according to Pew Research Center. Newspaper advertising revenues dropped by 10 percent from 2016 to 2015. This year, several outlets announced layoffs. In June, Time Inc. said it would cut about 300 jobs and The Huffington Post announced 39 layoffs. The New York Times said in March it was offering buyouts and potentially laying off people in an effort to reduce editing staff and add more reporters.
The bipartisan board is composed of veterans of different political battles who have witnessed countless endorsements awarded without proper vetting by news organization big and small. To date, we have been supported by individuals and political action committees seeking to improve the transparency of their endorsement process for their members.
Board of Directors
The bipartisan board is composed of veterans of different political battles who have witnessed countless endorsements awarded without proper vetting by news organization big and small. To date, we have been supported by individuals and organizations seeking to protect their endorsement process.
Founder/CEO, Strategies 360
With sharply honed instincts in political strategy and a winning track record, Ron Dotzauer is a highly-sought political strategist. At Strategies 360, Ron provides strategic counsel to a vast array of regional and international clients. The company – which was started in 1985 as Northwest Strategies – has rocketed to the forefront of public relations/public affairs firms in the Pacific Northwest.
Ron’s more than 30-year career in politics started in 1974, when he became the youngest elected county official in the state of Washington. He won the job of Clark County Auditor just two years out of college, defeating five people in a primary for the open seat. After successfully directing Henry “Scoop” Jackson’s re-election campaign for the U.S. Senate in 1982, Ron worked as Jackson’s state director.
In 1984, Ron ran Booth Gardner’s successful gubernatorial campaign, winning a three-person Democratic primary and then unseating incumbent Gov. John Spellman. In 2000, Ron stunned national political observers by leading Maria Cantwell to a victory in the U.S. Senate over a three-term incumbent.
With an unbeatable track record for winning campaigns, Ron shares his insight and skills at campaign workshops all over the United States and beyond. In 1989, he traveled to the Baltic States to help prepare candidates for the region’s first free elections. And in 2008, he spent time in Mongolia helping first-time female candidates campaign for office.
Ron was an integral part of four national presidential conventions – both Democratic and Republican. He provided around-the-clock political analysis for several media outlets. Ron is the person the media turn to for quick-witted and accurate commentary on politics at all levels.
A gregarious and warm speaker, Ron is well-known throughout the state for his signature cowboy hat. (He owns and operates a quarter-horse ranch north of Seattle). Even news headlines make reference to his image, including an Associated Press story that said: “Political cowboy notches third big win.”
Recently, Ron was featured in Seattle Magazine’s Hall of Fame – recognizing his impact on local, state, federal and even international politics.
Ron got an early start in politics. In college, he was named “Outstanding Student in Political Science.” He also served as president of the Young Democrats and produced a TV show called “Politics and Personalities.” An Everett, Washington native, Ron attended Lewis & Clark College for advanced graduate work and received a BA from Central Washington University.
Executive Director, Verify More
Principal, AB HAYS
Government Relations Manager, Seattle Public Library
EJ is the Community Partnerships and Government Relations Manager for the Seattle Public Library, one of the country's most heavily used libraries with 27 branches and over six million visitors a year.
Previously, EJ served as the Executive Director at Amplify, an organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and electing progressive champions in Washington and Oregon after serving in a similar role of Executive Director role at Progressive Majority. In these positions he served as lead during the merger of Progressive Majority and ColorPAC to create the Northwest's largest candidate recruitment and training organization, Amplify. He has also provided innovative fundraising, communications, and government relations support as the Community Relations & Development Manager for the state's largest anti-poverty organization, Poverty Action, a program of Solid Ground.
EJ has worked as a program director, volunteer coordinator, union organizer, event planner, fundraiser, and campaign manager, dedicating his career to breaking down sites of oppression and elevating underrepresented communities in civic life.
He possesses a proven track record of building coalitions for social change, planning and managing complex campaigns in the non-profit sector, and building infrastructure to support vibrant leadership at every level.
A graduate of Saint Martin's University, he was the driving force behind the establishment of the Student Health Center and served as a member on the Board of Trustees. In 2016 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Washington-Bothell with emphasis on voting suppression and race in 2013.
He currently serves on the board of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, the board of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and is the President of Amplify PAC.
Cofounder, Sermo Digital
Executive Director, Rental Housing Association of Washington
Principal, Bauer Evans Inc. P.S.
40 years of Public Accounting representing clients in various industries. Provide efficient compliance services and practical business and tax planning services to business owners and their companies. "Experience that Listens"
Specialties: Taxation - Small Business, Closely held businesses
Taxation - Individuals
Taxation - Estates and Trusts
Accounting Services and Systems - Small Business
General Business Consulting based on experience
Director of Government Reform, Washington Policy Center
Jason Mercier is the Director of the Center for Government Reform at Washington Policy Center and is based in the Tri-Cities. He has served on the boards of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and Verify More, and was an advisor to the 2002 Washington State Tax Structure Committee. Jason is an ex-officio member for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Chamber’s government affairs committee. In 2010, former Governor Gregoire appointed Jason as WPC’s representative on her Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Panel. He has testified numerous times before legislative committees on government reform issues, and his op-eds regularly appear in newspapers around the state, including The Seattle Times and Tri-City Herald. Jason also provides a regular TV update for KVEW (ABC Tri-Cities) and can be heard frequently on several radio stations including KOMO, KVI, KONA, KXLY and KIRO.