Alana Joyce
Executive Director

AAPC Announces Campaign Excellence Awards for the 2020 Cycle

Las Vegas, NV (October 20, 2021) —The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC)—America’s largest and only bipartisan network of political professionals— today announced the winners of the AAPC Campaign Excellence Awards for exceptional work during the 2020 cycle. These awards were presented at a special ceremony in conjunction with the annual AAPC Pollie Awards & Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

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.

“Our Campaign Excellence winners showed true dedication to the craft of political campaigning throughout one of the most difficult campaign cycles we’ve ever seen,” said AAPC President Becki Donatelli. “The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to rethink how we reach voters online and offline and these professionals embody some of the best examples of innovation during this challenging time,” added AAPC Vice President Larry Huynh.

AAPC Campaign Excellence Award Winners

Ballot Measure Campaign of the Year: Yes on 802 — Oklahomans Decides Healthcare

Public Affairs Campaign of the Year: COVID-19 Relief for the Restaurant Industry

Campaign Manager of the Year, Non-Statewide: Shelbi Dantic, Carolyn Bourdeaux for Congress

Independent Expenditure Campaign of the Year: Fair Fight

Fundraiser of the Year-Republican: Team McCarthy – House Republican Leader

Fundraiser of the Year-Democratic: Lara Henderson, Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Campaign Manager of the Year, Statewide-Republican: Scott Farmer, Lindsey Graham for US Senate

Campaign Manager of the Year, Statewide-Democratic: Ellen Foster, Jon Ossoff for Senate

Polling & Analytics Pro of the Year: Michael Podhorzer, AFL-CIO

Most Valuable Player of the Year-Republican: Dan Conston, Congressional Leadership Fund/AAN

Most Valuable Player of the Year-Democratic: Christie Roberts, DSCC

Campaign of the Year-Republican: Young Kim for Congress (CA-39)

Campaign of the Year-Democratic: Biden for President

About the 2021 AAPC Pollie Conference

As the premier industry event, the 2021 AAPC Pollie Conference is held in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 19 – 21, 2021 and bring the leading political professionals in the world together to network and hear from top technology innovators, pollsters, pundits and service providers. The Conference features cutting-edge programming on key industry trends, designed to empower attendees to leverage the latest techniques in campaign strategy and management. The Conference is widely recognized as the must-attend event for political consultants, media buyers, public affairs specialists, suppliers, industry leaders and journalists. For details, visit

About AAPC

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1,500 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information, see

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