Political candidates must provide the public with accurate, truthful information so that informed decisions can be made in choosing our leaders.
We the people deserve to know the facts before we vote. Although most candidates run their campaigns honestly, some make minor mistakes due to inexperience, while others produce literature that is false or misleading. And with the increased use of social media, these false claims are able to be disseminated more broadly than ever before!
The FCPC holds candidates accountable for all statements, campaign literature and social media posts made not just by them, but also by others on their behalf- and so should you.
If you are a candidate, we applaud you for running for office and choosing to contribute to our democracy. Our Candidate Toolkit contains information that we hope you will find useful.
If you are a member of the public, educate yourself on how to spot truth and falsehoods in campaign ads. Tell your friends, and share what you've discovered on social media- making sure that you don't inadvertently spread the misinformation further (check out our Citizen Info page for tips). Then ask yourself, "Can I trust this candidate?" before you vote.