Timothy E. Dickson
Mr. Dickson combines over twenty years of political strategy, business communications, public affairs skills,
and crisis management experience with a solid background of political organizing and campaign management.
His company, Groundswell Communications, Inc., has provided strategic communications, media training, constituency
development and grassroots campaign services, and public affairs counsel to a wide range of clients. These include Barr
Laboratories, General Mills, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association, the Labor Council for Latin American
Advancement, the American Federation of Teachers, Gannett Fleming Engineering,
the Cellular Telephone Industry Association, the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, US Chamber of Commerce,
Delta, United and American Airlines, major public relations firms in the Washington DC area, and candidates for political office
in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Dickson has consulted or managed political campaigns in nearly thirty states. He has served as a state Democratic
Party executive director, worked on the Democratic National Committee staff as Western Region Political Director, and
guided the party’s national redistricting efforts as Project 500’s executive director. He was the Democratic Party’s
national coordinator of education and training, and developed the Democratic Party’s Election Force grassroots organizing
effort in the 1986 and 1988 campaign cycle. His political background includes extensive work in developing communications,
organizational, and grassroots political organizations for statewide campaigns.
His U.S. campaign experience includes Kennedy for President 1980, Harold Washington for Mayor of Chicago 1983, Tom
Harkin for Senate 1984, Harry Reid for Senate 1986, Tim Wirth for Senate 1986, Cecil Andrus for Governor 1986, Neil
Goldschmidt for Governor 1986, Dukakis for President 1988 (Washington State GOTV Director), Florio for Governor 1989,
and was the Illinois coordinated campaign director for the Clinton Gore campaign in 1992. He has trained hundreds of
organizers for party and labor organizations around the country as well as a host of local and state legislative contests.
He has provided campaign strategy and other campaign services for political party organizations in Spain, Bulgaria, Romania,
Hungary, Mongolia, Japan, and South Korea.
Mr. Dickson has worked successfully with the AFL-CIO to remove “paycheck protection” measures from ballots in Nevada and
Colorado, and has served as a general consultant in defeating Measure 59, a similar initiative in Oregon. He also worked in
Oregon in 2000 for the same clients in their successful opposition to Measures 92 and 98. His ballot initiative background
includes several statewide ballot initiatives including work in Oklahoma and Idaho, and recently was the voter contact consultant
for the successful campaign for expansion of the Cleveland Airport. Currently, Mr. Dickson is the national manager for
initiatives and referenda for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association.
Mr. Dickson has been a major provider of voter contact services for organizations such as the Democratic National
Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, and EMILY’s
List. He was also provided voter contact services to the NAACP National Voter Fund, and worked for the Clinton for Senate
campaign in New York. Past clients have included the New York Democratic Coordinated Campaign, the Indiana Democratic
Coordinated Campaign, the New York Working Families Party, the Colorado Teachers Association, and candidates for the U.S.
House of Representatives around the country, as well as Mayor Bart Peterson of Indianapolis.
Mr. Dickson provided voter contact support services for statewide campaigns in New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Georgia,
New York, and a host of local campaigns and initiatives around the country. In 2004, Mr. Dickson’s firm provided nearly
12 million completed calls for candidates and referenda clients in a dozen states.
In a corporate environment, Mr. Dickson has worked for Washington’s largest public affairs company as senior associate in
the public relations firm, as senior vice president for the lobbying division, and as president for the firm’s grass roots
organizing division. Mr. Dickson also served as the firm’s communications director and managed the company’s charitable
Mr. Dickson has provided strategic services for corporate clients such as Rx Partners, Ocean Spray Cranberries, The Florida
Health Care Coalition, The Taiwan Research Institute, General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Glaxo Pharmaceuticals,
Lockheed Environmental Technologies, The National Indian Lottery, and McDonnell Douglas.
Mr. Dickson was educated in Iowa, where he attended the University of Iowa from 1977 – 1982. He has also attended the University
of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, where he participated in the Aresty Institute for Executive Education.
Mr. Dickson has also been a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees, AFL-CIO.
Mr. Dickson has been published in Campaigns and Elections magazine and lectures on political campaign management
and strategy at American University and George Washington University.