New EyeDetect Lie Detector Test Provides Proof Congressional Candidates Possess Honesty and Integrity

Three candidates from California have passed a new lie detection test validating their campaign claims while giving a competitive advantage in their respective races. They challenge their opponents to take the same test.

Left to right: California Congressional candidates Edwin Duterte, Mike Schmitt and Jazmina Saavedra all passed the EyeDetect lie detector test and were certified as “honest and trustworthy.” They plan to make this certification part of their campaign.

LEHI, Utah – May 30, 2018 – The term “honest politician” seems to be an oxymoron these days. A Pew Research Center poll found only 29 percent of Americans feel “honest” describes elected officials at least fairly well, while 69 percent say “honest” doesn’t describe elected officials well. Can an advanced lie detection technology change negative public opinion?

Three Southern California Republican Congressional candidates hope so: Dr. Mike Schmitt, running in the 49th Congressional District of California; Edwin Duterte, a candidate in the 43rd district; and Jazmina Saavedra, running in the 44th district. Each has passed a new lie detector test designed specifically for political candidates. The test is available only via EyeDetect by Converus. EyeDetect is a scientifically validated technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other eye movements.

Test questions focus on the illegal use of campaign funds, bribery, professional conflicts of interest, conspiracy, and ties to terrorist organizations. At the conclusion of the test, test responses and eye measurements are uploaded to a secure cloud server where propriety algorithms determine in minutes if the person is truthful or deceptive.

“I really believe congressional members need to be truthful, honest, and they need to be as transparent as possible,” said Duterte. “EyeDetect is an automated test measuring involuntary eye behavior. It can’t be fooled.”

“All day long I can say that I’m honest, however, who’s going to believe me?” asked Schmitt. “But now I have scientifically validated evidence to back it up. This can be game-changing in a political campaign.”

Duterte and Schmitt were introduced to Converus by Richard Paluch, a 67-year-old artist in Santa Barbara, CA. Paluch, after learning about EyeDetect, thought it would be the ideal solution to certify political candidates as honest — a personal mission he’s had for more than 30 years.

Unlike polygraph, there are no cables or sensors attached to the examinee during an EyeDetect test. Because the true/false test is automated, and the results are determined by a computer algorithm, Converus says an EyeDetect test administrator cannot manipulate the outcome of the test or show bias — which gives all examinees a consistent experience. Polygraph exams, the long-time standard for lie detection, require the questions be asked by a trained examiner. Polygraphs take at least 90 minutes to conduct, and reports can sometimes take hours to receive.

“EyeDetect has many applications, but certifying politicians as honest is certainly one of the more interesting ones,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “It’s the most accurate lie detector for screening on the market. We invite politicians of any party to use it to assure voters they’re trustworthy.”

Mickelsen adds that with public trust in Congress at a mere 8 percent (Gallup poll, June 2015), perhaps EyeDetect could help politicians more than ever. Yet he laments the likely reality that the majority of politicians won’t put their career in jeopardy taking a test to show their level of honesty and integrity.

US Congressional Candidate Dr. Mike Schmitt of CA Uses EyeDetect to Scientifically Validate His Honesty and Integrity

Running for the House of Representatives in the 49th District, Schmitt says he’s the most honest candidate in the race. Now he has the evidence to prove it.

Dr. Mike Schmitt, running in the 49th Congressional District of California, says passing the EyeDetect test for Congressional candidates proves he’s the most honest person in the race. He’s invited his opponents to also take the test.

LEHI, Utah – May 3, 2018 –  As a nonpolitician running in the 49th Congressional District of California, Dr. Mike Schmitt has gone all out to tout his honesty and integrity. This week he passed a Converus EyeDetect lie detector test designed for congressional candidates. Now, he has the evidence to back up his claims of honesty and integrity. Schmitt has challenged his opponents to also take the test.

“Voters need to start with as honest of a person as they can find. Right now, it’s me,” said Schmitt, a resident of Dana Point, CA and doctor of neuro-audiology. “My claim can be backed up by a scientifically validated lie detector test. My opponents cannot make that same claim.”

Schmitt is the third California politician this week to pass a lie detection test specifically designed for Congressional candidates. Test questions focus on the illegal use of funds, bribery, professional conflicts of interest, conspiracy, and ties to terrorism organizations. Other candidates that passed the test this week are Edwin Duterte of the 43rd district and Jazmina Saavedra of the 44th district. These three are the first political candidates ever to voluntarily submit to a lie detection test.

EyeDetect is the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other eye movements. During the automated true/false test, an eye tracking camera takes approximately 60 measurements per second of each eye. At the conclusion of the test, the data are securely uploaded to a cloud server where proprietary algorithms determine whether the examinee is truthful or deceptive. Because the test is automated, the test administrator cannot manipulate the outcome of the test.

“The fact that I’m not a product of the political system is a higher probability that I’ll stay honest because I haven’t had to exchange or receive any loyalties from others,” said Schmitt.

Schmitt feels his top two opponents are vulnerable. A 2013 Orange County Register story names Diane Harkey and her former husband, Dan, in an investment fraud trial. Diane was later removed from the fraud case, but a follow-up story reported Dan was ordered to pay $11.6 million. Schmitt questions the honesty of another opponent, Rocky Chávez. In three campaign events, Chávez has said that he has run unopposed for office in primaries, while his Republican opponent was sitting in the audience.

“That’s why people think politicians are liars and corrupt. And a lot of them are,” said Schmitt. “I invite my opponents to take the EyeDetect test and see if they can get certified honest and trustworthy.”

Schmitt wants to do what he can to rid government of dishonesty and corruption. He‘s hopeful that his verified honest and trustworthy strategy will help win over the 21 percent of undecided voters in his district, which includes portions of coastal South Orange County and North San Diego County.