AKPD Message and Media

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AKPD Message and Media is an American political and media consulting firm catering to Democratic candidates and related causes. Formerly Axelrod and Associates, it is named after its four original partners: David Axelrod, John Kupper, David Plouffe, and John Del Cecato. All four were members of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, with Plouffe serving as campaign manager, Axelrod as senior strategist, and Del Cecato as media advisor. Axelrod, who is personally close to Obama, left AKPD to serve as Senior Advisor to the President in the Obama Administration and sold the firm to Kupper, Del Cecato and Larry Grisolano. AKPD's advertising and strategy have been widely credited for significantly altering elections in their clients favor.[1] TIME has praised one of their most talked about ads, "Dante," as "The Ad that Won the New York Mayor's Race.".[2] AKPD's offices are located in Chicago, Washington DC, and New York where it has recently expanded its presence by partnering with Bully Pulpit Interactive and Analytics Media Group.[3] According to the Center for Responsive Politics, AKPD was the 37th-ranked campaign vendor of the 2018 election cycle, receiving nearly $23.3 million from federal campaigns and political committees.[4]

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  1. ^ http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/branding-bill-de-blasio-inside-the-message-machine-that-made-nyc-s-next-mayor
  2. ^ http://nation.time.com/2013/09/11/the-ad-that-won-the-new-york-mayors-race/>
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-14. Retrieved 2014-05-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Top Vendors - OpenSecrets". OpenSecrets. The Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e Partial Client List Archived 2009-09-17 at the Wayback Machine, Official AKPD website
  6. ^ The Best Ad of 2013 Archived 2014-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, Official AKPD website (December 11, 2013)
  7. ^ Firm With Obama Ties Cashes in Overseas Archived October 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Newsweek (October 19, 2009)
  8. ^ AKPD Congratulates Francisco de Narváez and the Union-PRO list for Stunning Victory Archived 2009-08-22 at the Wayback Machine, Official AKP&D website (July 8, 2009)


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