American Association of Political Consultants

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American Association of Political Consultants
FieldsOrganization of political consultants
Mark Mellman
Tom Shepard
Vice President
Rose Kapolczynski
Rebecca Donatelli Edit this at Wikidata

The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) is the trade group for 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.[1] Its "multipartisan" membership consists of political consultants, pollsters, media consultants, campaign managers, corporate public affairs officers, professors, lobbyists, fundraisers, congressional staffers, and vendors.[2]

The American Association of Political Consultants maintains a "Code of Professional Ethics" for members.


AAPC Annual Pollie Awards & Conference
Awarded forExcellence in Political consulting
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmerican Association of Political Consultants
First awarded1999

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.[3] A new statue was made by New York firm Society Awards for the 2015 Pollie Awards. The AAPC also hosts several regional conferences throughout the year that feature several panelists who are specialists for the upcoming elections.

The AAPC seeks to set the standards of conduct for political and public affairs consulting through its "Code of Professional Ethics".[4] Applicants for AAPC membership are required to sign the code, and to live by the standards it sets, as a condition of membership in the organization.

Board of Directors[edit]

As of 2019, officers of the Board of Directors are:[5]

  • Chairman: Mark Mellman, The Mellman Group (D) – Polling
  • President – Tom Shepard, Tom Shepard & Associates (R) – General
  • Vice President – Rose Kapolczynski, Rose Kapolczynski Consulting (D) – General
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Rebecca Donatelli, Campaign Solutions (R) - Internet

Chapter Presidents[edit]

As of 2019, Chapter Presidents are:[5]

  • Jaimey Sexton, The Sexton Group – Mid-West
  • Michael Turk, Opinion Mover Strategies – Mid-Atlantic
  • Bart Robbett, Robbett Advocacy Media, LLC – Greater New York
  • John Rowley, Fletcher Rowley, Inc. – Southern
  • James Aldrete, Message Audience & Presentation – Southwest


  1. ^ – The AAPC listing on the American Political Science Association website
  2. ^ American Association of Political Consultants – Official Site
  3. ^ "Winning Connections » Pollie Awards". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b [2]

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