Rothfus Camp Wins Gold, and Other PA “Pollie Award” Winners

Keith Rothfus Regular GuyThe results are in, and Pa. campaign consultants had a good year at the Pollies, awarded by the American Association of Political Consultants.

A blind jury of their peers selects AAPC award winners.

The full list is here. Here are the Pa. winners.

Rep. Keith Rothfus’s campaign (R-Allegheny) was the biggest winner from Pa. The Strategy Group for Media and Long Nyquist Associates won gold for their overall television campaign and a bronze for the Regular Guyad (which also won an honorable mention in the humor category). He ousted incumbent Rep, Mark Critz (D-Cambria).

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) won gold in the “Best Use of Humor” category for his playful general election spot My Jobs.” He ousted Rep. Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill) in the primary.

The PA. Republican Party won a silver in the overall “Best in Show” category for Republicans for its anti-Obama ad “The Problem” by BrabenderCox.

Other winning Pa. TV ads were:

Statewide, Republican: Silver, Dave Freed for AG. “Call Maintenance” by BrabenderCox.
For US Senate, Democrat: Bronze, Bob Casey.Harley” by Putnam Partners.
Independent Expenditure Campaign for President: Bronze, PAGOP.The Problem” by BrabenderCox.

Winning Pa. direct mailers were:

Best Use of Negative/Contrast, US Senate, Republican: Silver, Tom Smith. “Welch Voted for Obama” by Cold Spark Media.
For Special Election, Democrat: Silver, Madeleine Dean. “Penny’s Flowers” by Kennedy Communications
For US Senate, Republican: Bronze, Tom Smith. “Invisible Senator” by Cold Spark Media.
For US Senate, Republican: Bronze, Tom Smith. “Smith Intro bio” by Cold Spark Media.
For State Legislature, Republican: Honorable mention, Jason Owen. “Service” by Cold Spark Media.
For Non-Mail Brochure: Honorable Mention, Tim Murphy. His palm card was designed by Cold Spark Media.

For online campaigning, winning Pa. campaigns were:

Website, Statewide Candidate, Democrat: Silver, Rob McCord. Website by The Dover Group.
Web Animation, US House: Bronze, Mike Fitzpatrick.Frisco Toast” by The Strategy Group for Media.
Online Advertising, Best Use of Pre-Roll Advertising, Democrat: Bronze, Anti-Holden campaign in PA-17. “Tim Holden – Beholden to Whom?” by The Campaign Network.
Online Advertising, State Legislature, Republican: Bronze, Raja for state Senate. GOTV Web ads by Cold Spark Media. Raja also won a Bronze in the overall Yard Sign category. His “Say No to Mustio” signs were designed by Cold Spark Media.

In the world of radio, Mike Hudome of MHMedia and Chris Nicholas of the Pa. Business Council won Independent Expenditure, State/Statewide: Bronze, Freed for AG.

BrabenderCox won 15 awards for its work on Rick Santorum’s presidential primary campaign, and was especially strong in radio and negative/contrast ad categories.

Editor’s note: if we overlooked a winner whose campaign was based in Pa., please let us know. There are hundreds of entries on the winning list.

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