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Campaign Solutions and Connell Donatelli Receive Top Honors From American Association of Political Consultants

Political Consultants Wins Best Use Of New Technology Award

WASHINGTON, DC — Campaign Solutions and sister company Connell Donatelli, Inc. have received top honors from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). The “Pollie Awards” are the official awards of the political communications industry and are considered “The Oscars” of political consulting. In total, Campaign Solutions and Connell Donatelli received a record-breaking 44 awards – more than any other Democrat or Republican firm in AAPC history. Connell Donatelli also received the prestigious AAPC Campaign Excellence Award for “Best Use Of New Technology.” This special award was presented for the firm’s groundbreaking search marketing work on behalf of McCain-Palin 2008.

The Campaign Solutions team specializes in online fundraising and advertising for Republican candidates and public affairs campaigns such as McCain-Palin 2008, the Republican National Committee, the 2008 Republican National Convention, the National Federation of Independent Business. The team is led by veteran GOP strategist and online political pioneer R. Rebecca Donatelli.

Tony Fazio, AAPC President, said, “44 awards is staggering total and this sets a new record for the AAPC. I congratulate Campaign Solutions and Connell Donatelli on this very high honor.” Fazio continued, “What was most encouraging about this year’s Pollie Awards was the high quality of the work that our judges had to choose from. This was the most competitive year to date as we received a record number of submissions.” Donatelli said: “We are honored by our peers for this recognition.” She added: “We will continue to pioneer cutting-edge technology to help our Republican candidates and our public affairs clients raise money and win campaigns.”

Campaign Solutions was the first political consulting firm to raise money online and received top honors in the highly-competitive “Best Of Show” competition for its critically acclaimed 2008 Republican National Convention website. Other Campaign Excellence Award winners include “Strategist of the Year” David Axelrod and “Campaign Manager Of The Year” David Plouffe. Connell Donatelli set other records in receiving 30 Pollie Awards for its online advertising including all of the top 5 honors for search marketing.

Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1000 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world.

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