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The first, the best, the award that matters. Can you win one?

AAPC's Pollie Awards are the most prized and sought-after awards in the political communications and public affairs industries--often imitated, but never duplicated. Rightly called the "Oscars" of political consulting by Esquire magazine, like the Oscars, your work is judged by your peers, against similar work in the 2016 cycle.

Entering the Pollies is an opportunity to be recognized by your peers and experts in your discipline as one of the best in the industry. Only AAPC recognizes that the "best" means being the most politically effective. Did our work make a difference for our client, our communities and our country?

The Pollies will be awarded at the Political Consulting Event of the Year--our 2017 Conference, March 14-16, 2017 in Surf City, USA, a.k.a. Huntington Beach, California! From one-of-a-kind networking opportunities, fresh perspectives on the 2016 cycle, to cutting-edge trends and techniques you can take back and apply to your work, you won't want to miss it.

AAPC membership is not required to submit an entry; however, AAPC members receive highly discounted entry fees. In addition, all Platinum, Gold, and Individual AAPC members receive one FREE Pollie entry. Not a member? Click here to join!


The Fairest of Them All

Over the 3 decades that the Pollies have been awarded, AAPC has refined the selection process to ensure the fairest possible treatment of every entrant’s work against a rigorous standard of political effectiveness, creativity and professionalism.

Only AAPC draws on the expertise of more than 250 judges, including political consultants, public affairs practitioners, academics, political analysts, advertising experts, and media personalities.

And this year, our judge pool will be comprised in equal proportion between Democrats and Republicans (nonpartisan/independents will also be represented). Entries will be randomly assigned and judged exclusively online. As always, judges may not evaluate any categories to which they (or their organization) have submitted work.

In short, the Pollies are not a “popularity contest”, but a reflection of the most politically effective, persuasive and creative work of the cycle.

The judging period will take place from Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – Monday, February 6, 2017.


Annual Pollie Awards



Contest Opens


Early Bird Deadline


Regular Entry


Contest Closes


Judging Begins


Judging Ends


Winners Notices Sent Via Email


Pollie Awards Gala


40 Under 40

Recognizing the best and brightest young political professionals in the U.S.

AAPC is dedicated to fostering the next generation of political professionals and is proud to recognize leaders and innovators in the political business community (including political media, political advertising, polling and public affairs) who are making a mark in their organizations and profession.. If you know someone who is a natural leader, innovator and continually goes above and beyond, nominate them for AAPC’s 40 Under 40 Awards, recognizing the next generation of political rock stars who’ve made a mark early in their careers.


Campaign Excellence

Honoring excellence in campaign strategy and management

A longstanding tradition of AAPC, the Campaign Excellence Awards recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to the success of a candidate or public affairs campaign and whose conduct has been consistent with the Professional Code of Ethics of the AAPC.


Nominations for the 2017 40 Under 40 and Campaign Excellence Awards are now closed. The 40 Under 40, Campaign Excellence Awards will be presented at the 2017 Pollie Awards & Conference.