A letter from our board chair, David Diggs
None of us needs reminding that election security is a major concern for our nation. In 2017, FBI Director Christopher Wray established the Foreign Influence Task Force to identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations targeting the United States. According to the FBI, “[t]he goal of these foreign influence operations directed against the United States is to spread disinformation, sow discord, and, ultimately, undermine confidence in our democratic institutions and values.”
Because text messaging, with its immediacy and high message open-rate, is such a compelling communications tool, it is at risk of being exploited by foreign influences as well as domestic bad actors. Campaign Verify inserts an important checkpoint into the process of establishing a political text message campaign, and allows all parties to trust that the message sender is who they say they are. Initially, Campaign Verify will authenticate federal campaigns, and in 2021 expand to verify state and local campaigns as well.
The security of our elections is neither a Republican nor a Democratic issue, but a looming threat to the fundamental integrity of our country’s democratic institutions. That’s why Campaign Verify was founded by a board of directors with vast experience in wireless messaging and with political campaigns on both sides of the aisle. Working with each other, and with leaders in both the political and telecommunications communities, they created Campaign Verify as a non-partisan, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to protecting U.S. election candidates’ messaging campaigns from malicious threats. It’s my honor to lend my wireless and non-profit experience to this effort.