The first, the best, the award that matters. Can you win one?
The Pollie Awards are hosted by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the only bipartisan, non-profit organization for political consultants and public affairs professionals. Our mission is to honor excellence in the practice of political communications. AAPC uses your entry fees to fund its operations to put on events around the country, develop and share resources, like Nathan Gonzales’ Inside Elections, host webinars and advocate for political free speech. (And we also provide our winners the trophy—free of charge).
AAPC will honor our Pollie Contest winners of the Pollie Awards & Conference in Washington D.C., culminating in an unforgettable Pollie Awards Ceremony at the host hotel on March 26, 2020.
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! or contact Emmi Navarro at email@example.com or (703) 682-2191
WHAT WINNERS HAVE SAID
ABOUT THE POLLIE AWARDS
Film has the Oscars. Music has the Grammys. In politics, our biggest night is the Pollies, and [it] is our highest honor2015 Pollie Winner
Dean Nielsen, Cerillion N4 Partners
Working in a highly competitive market, it has been important to our business that we have nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed awards to show clients - giving us an edge on the recruitment and retention of new and old business.2017 Pollie Winner
Brad Heflin, Rainmaker Inc.
The Pollie Contest is where the rubber meets the road. There is a lot of great talent out there. The Pollie contest is the great equalizer and a fantastic networking opportunity.2019 Pollie Entrant
Dalton Temple, Hill City Strategies
The Pollie Awards give an opportunity for prospective clients to know that our work is respected on a national level2016 Pollie Winner
Amile Wilson, Hapax Creative Strategies
The Pollie Awards is the only political ad competition our firm will enter. For decades now, it's set the standard for excellence.2019 Pollie Winner
Mark Putnam, Putnam Partners
We Are The Fairest of Them All
AAPC takes significant steps to ensure fairness in the judging process, including blind judging (firm names cannot be visible), random assignment of judges (no gaming the pool), and equal representation by party affiliation (Republicans and Democrats in equal proportion). We have also increased required judge qualifications. Pulling from a judge pool of more than 250 also minimizes the insider bias that is present in some awards programs.
Each entry is scored against its own campaign’s goals and budget — how effectively (and measurably) did a piece meet its objective? Creativity and production value are taken into proper account, but political effectiveness is primary (worth 50% of the score).
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 Monday, January 27, 2020 through Monday, February 3, 2020.
Annual Pollie Awards
The 2020 Pollie Awards Contest opens November 5, 2019 and closes January 21, 2020.
Early Bird Deadline
Early bird pricing: November 5, 2019 - December 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST
The Early Bird discount does not apply to Student entries.
Regular Entry Deadline
Regular Entry Pricing: December 14, 2019 - January 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST
Late Entry Pricing: January 18, 2020 - January 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST
Winners Notices Sent Via Email
Pollie Awards Ceremony
Capital Hilton | Washington, D.C.
Recognizing the best and brightest young political consulting/public affairs professionals in the U.S.
AAPC's 40 under 40 Awards program recognizes individuals under the age of 40 who are in the political consulting/public affairs profession and contribute to the advancement of the industry. The AAPC is looking for the top 40 professionals whose achievements in political consulting/public affairs deserve to be singled out for excellence early on in their careers and whose conduct is consistent with AAPC's professional code of ethics.
Honoring excellence in campaign strategy and management
The Campaign Excellence Awards are a longstanding tradition of the AAPC and recognize those 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.