In Chuck's honor, donations may be made to:

Massachusetts General Hospital Transplant Research 


or to

any 2018 political candidate you think Chuck would like


With the heaviest of hearts, we are sharing with you the very sad news that we lost our friend and co-founder Chuck Campion today. 

Chuck touched us all with his unique spirit and charm. He filled rooms with joy, and he filled the hearts of his friends and colleagues with a special kind of warmth that only he could spark. He leaves a void that no one can fill, but the sound of Chuck’s laughter, the meaningful difference he made in our politics, and the bond he had with so many of us, will forever endure.

Chuck joined with us to form Dewey Square Group 25 years ago. Together, we built a firm that has always put its clients first – Chuck would have it no other way. Chuck was the heart and soul of the Dewey Square Group and he set the standard for all of us to strive for excellence and decency. 

Chuck had an extraordinary mind and an unparalleled ability to empathize with others. His political instincts and knowledge ran deep. Chuck imparted sound advice to so many candidates and office holders – they got in line to get Chuck on their side and he made them better public servants. 

He loved and was beloved by his family, with whom he connected in the most amazingly deep, caring and joyful ways. His children Courtney and Max are his greatest legacy.

Chuck lived and fought with enormous strength and dignity, setting an example for us all.

We who knew him are blessed, and we will continue to be blessed by his memory. 


Michael and Charlie


Charles Campion, Campaign Adviser to Democrats, Dies at 62

03.09.2018 By Jess Bidgood 

Charles M. Campion, addicted to politics from the start, knew he had hit the big time when he became the assistant campaign manager for a candidate for state representative who was running in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

Mr. Campion was 9 at the time.

But he had found his chosen career. By the time he died on Wednesday at 62 in Boston, he had become a stalwart of Democratic campaigns, a co-founder of the Dewey Square Group, a public affairs consultancy in Boston, and a key operative for presidential candidates, including Walter F. Mondale, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.

Chuck Campion, Democratic adviser on presidential campaigns, dies at 62

03.09.2018 By Ellie Silverman at 1:37 PM 

Chuck Campion was a political and public affairs adviser who specialized in presidential campaigns. (Family photo)

Chuck Campion was first exposed to politics as a child, when he campaigned for his grandfather, a representative in the Massachusetts legislature from Boston’s West Roxbury neighborhood. 

“I went door-to-door with nominating papers for my grandfather when I was 7 or 8 years old,” he told The Washington Post, “and I remember how shocked I was when one lady said, ‘I can’t sign that. I’m a Republican.’ I had no idea what a Republican was.”

Mr. Campion, who died March 7 at 62, spent his career helping Democrats seek the highest office in the land. He was a political and public affairs adviser who specialized in presidential campaigns, notably those of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and was chairman of the Dewey Square Group, a Boston-based political consulting and lobbying firm that he co-founded 25 years ago.

Chuck Campion, adviser to Democratic presidential campaigns, dies at 62

03.10.2018 By Bryan Marquard 

With the prescience of someone who became a political operative before turning 10, Chuck Campion surveyed the presidential campaign landscape in 1996, a few days after New Hampshire’s first-in-the nation primary. He was troubled by what he saw.

An increasingly condensed primary calendar left people little time to think before voting, he wrote in an op-ed essay for the Globe. And candidates “who sometimes take extreme positions on important issues” — that year it was Republican Patrick Buchanan — were reaping benefits.

Pols laud Democratic strategist at funeral with tears and laughter

03.14.2018 By Joshua Miller

The Massachusetts Democratic political universe gathered Wednesday in Boston for the funeral of Chuck Campion, a veteran political operative who brought enthusiasm to campaigns local and presidential and was celebrated for his unbounded generosity, his joyful devotion to his family, his resilience in battles with health ailments, and, as the Rev. Thomas A. Mahoney put it, for being “a beautiful example of a graceful and dignified life in a very imperfect world.”

Campion, who died last week at 62 of complications from surgery, was remembered for his acts of kindness, humor, loyalty to family, friends, and the politicians he worked with, and his astute political sense, honed on the streets of Boston from a young age.

Dear IOP Community,

Many of you have heard by now of the passing of Chuck Campion: beloved husband to Heather, talented political advisor, and longtime friend of the Institute of Politics.

For those of us who were privileged to know and work with Chuck over the years, we mourn the loss of a brilliant strategist, committed citizen and devoted husband and father.  Chuck represented the very best of politics – and brought his keen mind, good humor and warmth to everyone he touched.  I am personally grateful to have known and worked with Chuck going back to the Dukakis campaign.  Like all of you, I will miss him.  And we will all be thinking of Heather and their talented children Max and Courtney in the weeks ahead.

The loss of Chuck Campion has been felt here at the IOP as well as in Massachusetts and national political circles.   A veteran of every national campaign for over three decades, he was the chairman of the Dewey Square Group, a political consulting and lobbying firm he co-founded 25 years ago.   He has trained a legion of young political operatives inspired by his commitment to making a difference.