Meet the Team
Timothy F. Mooney Is a founding partner with Silver Bullet, one of America’s most successful grassroots political firms. Its work on behalf of candidates, causes and clients has included national efforts and state-based activity in all 50 states. Mr. Mooney experience includes working with some of America’s most powerful trade associations, largest corporations, and most recognizable elected officials. His experience stretches 14 election cycles and has included work in 40 states. Mr. Mooney has extensive and recognized talents in lobbying strategies, issues management, campaign management, creative use of paid and earned media, ballot access, and grassroots organization and activism. Mr. Mooney has worked in some capacity in well over 250 candidate and ballot campaigns throughout the United States, with an impressive 75%+ win record for candidates and independent expenditures for candidates. Mr. Mooney has a 25 wins to 4 losses record in statewide & local ballot measure campaigns, including such issues as right-to-work, secret ballots, taxation, tort reform, term limits, tobacco, definition of marriage and other issues.
His lobbying efforts include a 100% track record of killing bills opposed by clients. Silver Bullet and its partners have qualified ballot measures, referendums, recalls, political parties and candidates for the ballot in over two-dozen states. Among its noted signature gathering successes was collecting 2.8 million signatures in just 49 days to qualify four referendums in California and the gathering of 114,000 signatures in just two weeks to recall Miami-Dade’s mayor, the first successful recall of a major metropolis mayor in the United States in generations, defeating the incumbent by 89% to 11%, the greatest winning percentage of any recall in US history. Mr. Mooney is the founder of Save Our Secret Ballot, the national organization widely credited with ending Union and Congressional attempts to pass “Card Check” with the overwhelming passage of constitutional guarantees for secret ballot rights in four states.
He is the founder of PassTheBBA.com, the nation’s leading effort to ratify a balanced budget amendment. He is the founder of First Class Education which successfully passed in four states what George Will dubbed “The 65% Solution.” The efforts garnered national press including the Wall Street Journal, front page of USA Today, the New York Times and dozens of other publications, and became an important issue in the elections of Governors Crist (FL), Pawlenty (MN), Perdue (GA), Perry (TX) and many others. Noted activity in 2010 included winning constitutional amendments in four states, beating an incumbent US Senator, recalling the mayor of Miami-Dade, and client activity in a dozen states. Activity in 2008 included gathering over 5,000,000 signatures to qualify ballot measures and candidates in six states. In addition to First Class Education, activity in 2006 included working with Utah’s Parents for Choice in Education, which successfully impacted enough legislative races to permit Utah to become the first state to pass a statewide school choice program.
His 2004 activity includes defeating at the ballot (83%-17%) of a taxpayer subsidy for the developer of a Wal-Mart, electing three members to the Scottsdale City Council, passing only the third constitutional amendment in 50 years in Utah and running grassroots efforts through Choices for America in AZ, IA, MN, MO, NH, NM, NV, OH, OR, PA, WA, WI, and WV. For the last week of the election Mr. Mooney helped organize the GOTV effort for Bush-Cheney ’04 in Hillsborough County Florida (Tampa) with election-day results 7% better than in the 2000 election. On election night 2004, Michael Barone, editor of the Almanac of American Politics said on NBC, “George Bush lost Hillsborough County Florida in 2000 by 3% and he’s winning it tonight by 4%. That’s the difference in Florida and that’s the difference in the election nationally.” Among Mr. Mooney’s noted political wins is the Oklahoma Right-To-Work ballot campaign. Mr. Mooney wrote and implemented a grassroots strategy involving a Washington DC based coalition of advocacy organizations with Oklahoma memberships. It was the first time these advocacy organizations had ever participated together in a coordinated communication, identification and GOTV effort for a state ballot proposition. It was the first ballot win for Right-to-Work in more than 25 years.
Mr. Mooney also wrote and worked to implement the legislative strategy used to pass President Bush’s faith-based community initiative through the House of Representatives. Mr. Mooney has acted as the political strategist for Women Impacting Public Policy, America’s largest organization representing women in business. From February 1999 to January 2001, Mr. Mooney was the Senior Vice President / Political Director and first employee of the innovative political website Voter.com. In this capacity Mr. Mooney negotiated exclusive contracts with both the Republican National Committee and the Democratic National Committee. It was the first and only time both national political parties have signed a joint contract. Additionally Mr. Mooney negotiated exclusive contracts with Americans for Tax Reform, American Conservative Union, US Chamber of Commerce, BIPAC, Christian Coalition, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, Democratic Leadership Conference, People for the American Way, and EMILY’s List.
Mr. Mooney managed an earned media campaign to make Voter.com the most visible political website during the 2000 campaign. On Election Day 2000, Voter.com received more hits in one day than any website in previous world history, besting the record of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Mooney was a Political Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s largest small-business association. During his tenure 6 NFIB members became US Senators, 22 NFIB members became US Congressmen and 3 NFIB members became governors. From 1990-1994, Mr. Mooney was NFIB’s State Director in Arizona, and most prominent media spokesperson for the business community in Arizona. Mr. Mooney has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and numerous other television and radio programs as well as print publications including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times. Mr. Mooney was educated at Pepperdine University and Harvard College. He resides in Cave Creek, Arizona.