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Tom Cosgrove
Tom Cosgrove has designed and implemented successful communications and grassroots campaigns for more than two decades as an environmental activist, campaign manager, political media consultant, business and not-for-profit advisor.

In 1999, Tom formed The Cosgrove Group a strategic communications consulting firm. Relying on the power of groundbreaking research and out-of-the-box thinking, The Cosgrove Group has solved communications problems for Fortune 50 companies, national political figures, international unions, not-for-profit organizations and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Tom has worked as an organizer for the Coast Alliance, Field Director for the National Clean Air Coalition and Regional Representative for the Sierra Club; as a Campaign Manager and Field Director for presidential candidates Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis; as a media consultant for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Congressman Jim McGovern, among others; and as a consultant for non-profits like the White House Project, the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, the Ms. Foundation, the League of Conservation Voters, Qvisory and the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

In 1999 he formed Citizens For Tolerance, which filed the first on-line U.S. Senate ethics complaint, demanding that the Senate investigate then Majority Leader Trent Lott’s ties to the Council of Conservative Citizens a white supremacist organization.

In 2004, as Program Director for the Democratic Convention, he designed the themes, format and recommended the speakers, including “a skinny state senator from Illinois.”

Tom is a 1979 graduate of St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

Entries by Tom Cosgrove


(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Rarely in modern life do the decision makers who sit at the top of the power pyramid ever listen to those at the very bottom -- despite the fact that the people at the bottom are expected to carry out the mission of the organization or institution.  

A few...

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Class of 2014: Consider the Unexpected!

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 8:53 PM

2014 St. Francis University Commencement Address

It may be the most famous poem in America. It's by Robert Frost and it's called "The Road Less Traveled." You can probably recite a couple of lines.

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood / And sorry I could not travel both."...

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At Least "Mad Men" Smoked

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2011 | 6:04 PM

The popular television program Mad Men shows that the men and the women of 1960's Madison Avenue not only gave us rugged cowboys on horseback puffing cigarettes, they also used the product they were hired to sell. And despite its addictive qualities and health concerns, many tobacco...

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VIVA Teachers Go to 30 Rock!

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 2:46 PM

One year ago the VIVA Project was launched to engage classroom teachers in an on-line discussion on education policy. The goal was to add "teachers' voices" to the nation's education reform debate, drive classroom excellence for students, and revive the status of teachers as professionals.

Eight hundred...

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Classroom Teachers Collaborate With Arnie Duncan on Education Policy

(9) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 11:08 AM

On Tuesday President Obama made clear that while there are many challenges facing America's future, improving education is as the top of the list.

I believe we will only truly improve education in America if classroom teachers have a direct voice in influencing education policy. Far too many teachers believe...

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"Karlman" (a.k.a. Karl Rove) and Billionaire Park!

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:23 AM

In the past few weeks the New York Times and other media outlets have spotlighted Karl Rove's new organization Crossroads GPS and his sneaky plan for returning Republicans to power in Washington DC on November 2nd, 2010.

As can be seen in this newly discovered video,...

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Where Is The Voice Of Classroom Teachers?

(7) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 9:07 AM

Wow, what an eventful back-to-school month September 2010 turned out to be. The president addressed America's students from a school in Philadelphia (the right wing stayed quiet this year) where he urged students to study hard and focus on their education. Michelle Rhee overhauled the failing DC public school system...

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Robin Hood or the Pope: Who Really Cares About the Poor?

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 1:40 PM

In Ezra Klein's Washington Post blog yesterday he notes that the new Robin Hood movie, according to A.O. Scott, has a Tea Party flavor.

"You may have heard that Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, but that was just liberal media propaganda. This Robin is...

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Slots for Tots 2009

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 11:33 AM

Last Friday I attended an Eisenhower Fellow panel discussion on the Internet, Elections and the Transformation of Public Debate at MIT. It was lead by Eisenhower Fellow and Social Sphere founder John Della Volpe and featured fellows from a dozen countries including Egypt, Russia, Sweden, Italy, Colombia and South...

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Let's Bail Out Newspapers with First Amendment Ads!

(8) Comments | Posted May 14, 2009 | 2:01 PM

The White House has expressed "concern" and "sadness" over the decline of the newspaper industry but, as the Associated Press reported last week, has made it clear that a bailout is not in the cards.

The White House is making a mistake.

If the greedy auto and financial companies getting...

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Rush Limbaugh has electoral disfunction. Let's not give him any Viagra.

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2009 | 4:45 PM

A post-election survey from Democracy Corps/Campaign for America's future found the King of the Dittoheads has gone limp.

Sure, 52 percent of Republicans gave him a positive rating in the poll. But he had no sex appeal among the voters that matter - moderates and independents. Just 13...

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Damn Yankees!

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 2:29 PM

Damn Yankees!

I'm a Red Sox fan and watching the Yankees spend almost $250 million dollars last week on two of the best free agent pitchers in baseball was hard to watch. Then today as I was reading that the Yankees were not finished spending millions on ballplayers (they still...

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Barack Obama, "These Kids" and Charter Public Schools

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2008 | 3:18 PM

Barack Obama, in a pre-election speech, told the story of a teacher he encountered who complained of a "these kids" syndrome - the tendency to explain away the failures of our education system by suggesting that "these kids" don't want to learn or "these kids"are just too far behind.


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The Eleventh of the Eleventh of the Eleventh

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2008 | 7:21 AM

Today, 90 years after the Allies and Germany signed an armistice to bring an end to WW I, President George W. Bush will preside over his last Veterans Day as Commander in Chief. During President Bush's command almost 5000 American soldiers have lost their lives fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Thank Tom Delay Today

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 5:45 AM

When Barack Obama wins the election tonight, take a moment to thank Tom Delay,
Jack Abramoff, Karl Rove and all the other corrupt Republicans who handed Democrats
the 2006 election and set the table for this year's rout.

And when you've said your thank yous -- and taken...

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Special Needs Children and This Election

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 12:47 PM

In the past few days there has been a round of press coverage on Sarah Palin and her speech on special needs children.

Kyle's Treehouse was created by Jennifer Westphal the mother of an autistic son. See what she has to say about this electionand Barack Obama.

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A Year From Now

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2008 | 10:15 AM

In this election season finale Coco the star of predicts the future.

See it to believe it:

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The Plumber's Son

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 9:34 AM

My dad was a plumber. My dad was a Republican. And if my dad were alive today, he would never vote for John McCain.

My father would respect McCain's service, I have no doubt. But he would be a little angered, I think, by McCain's attempt to connect to the...

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Sarah Palin Would Trade Her Hunting Rifle for Nuclear Missles

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2008 | 10:25 AM

In the past week a vocal chorus of Republican and Conservative voices have endorsed Barack Obama sharing a concern that Sarah Palin is not ready to be president.

Colin Powell yesterday stated, "I don't believe she's ready to be president of the United States, which is the job of the...
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My President Palin

(4) Comments | Posted October 17, 2008 | 12:03 PM

A few weeks ago I created


At the time everyone was talking about the risk of "President" Palin and today they still are. But will it matter on November 4?

The last...

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