American Association of Political Consultants

American Association of Political Consultants

The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) is the premier trade group of the political consulting profession in the United States. Founded in 1969, it is the world’s largest organization of political consultants, public affairs professionals and communications specialists [ [ American Association of Political Consultants ] ] . Its membership consists of political consultants, pollsters, media consultants, campaign managers, corporate public affairs officers, professors, lobbyists, fundraisers, congressional staffers, and vendors [ [ American Association of Political Consultants: Home ] ] . A multipartisan organization, the AAPC is open to everyone associated with politics from the local level to the White House.


The American Association of Political Consultants hosts the annual Pollie Awards and Conference. The Pollie Awards are the most prestigious awards in the field of political campaign and public affairs industry, in which the AAPC recognizes the best in the business of political professionals in hundreds of political campaign and public affairs categories [ [ Winning Connections » Pollie Awards ] ] .

The AAPC seeks to set the standards of conduct for political and public affairs consulting through its Code of Professional Ethics. The AAPC is the only organization in its field with a code of ethics for political professionalism [ [ A Guide to the American Association of Political Consultants interview collection ] ] .

Board of Directors

*Chairman- Wayne Johnson, JohnsonClark Associates (R) - Media Consultant
*President - Anthony Fazio, Winning Directions (D) - Direct Mail
*Vice President - Whit Ayres, Ayres McHenry (R) - Polling
*Secretary/Treasurer - Dale Emmons, Emmons & Company, Inc. (D) - General


*Cathy Allen - General
*David Beattie - Polling
*Gail Garbrandt - Trainer
*Robert Kaplan - Fundraiser
*Dawn Laguens - General
*Mark Mellman - Polling
*Jefrey Pollock - Polling
*Richard Schlackman - Direct Mail
*Jim Spencer- Direct Mail
*Raymond Strother - Media
*Nancy Todd Tyner - General
*Liz Welsh - Telephone Contact


*John Brabender - Direct Mail
*Mike Connell - Internet
*Rebecca Donatelli - Internet
*Ed Goeas - Polling
*Amanda Thayer - General - Coffee
*Art Hackney - General
*Thomas Hiltachk - Political - Election Law
*Wayne LaPierre- Public Affairs
*Mike Mihalke - Public Affairs
*Beth Miller Malek - Public Affairs
*Richard Norman - Direct Mail Fundraising
*Frank Schubert - Public Affairs
*Tom Shepard - General


External links

* [ American Association of Political Consultants]

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