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Burges & Burges Strategists Receives Highest Industry Honor

American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) recognizes Burges & Burges Strategists for exceptional work during the 2020 election cycle

Cleveland (May 4, 2021) – Burges & Burges Strategists is proud to announce that it has been awarded a coveted Gold Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the industry’s highest honor bestowed upon political consultants at the national and international level. Burges & Burges Strategists won a Gold Pollie in the category of Television – Ballot Initiative Division for its exemplary work on Columbus State Community College’s levy campaign during the 2020 political season.

“We’re thankful that the AAPC recognized our firm for this important work,” said Dr. Bill Burges, the company’s founder and chairman, “but we’re even more grateful that we helped inspire voters to support a great institution like Columbus State.”

Burges & Burges Strategists is Ohio’s premier political and communication consulting firm. The company has consulted on hundreds of campaigns in its 38-year history, including Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Sinclair Community College, and dozens of other public entities across the state.

The AAPC announced this year’s winners during the 2021 Pollie Awards Virtual Ceremony on April 29, 2021. Over 650 of the industry’s leading professionals attended the event.

“2020 was the most challenging year in our lifetimes - for our country, our families and our work,” AAPC President Rose Kapolczynski said. “Political consultants experimented, innovated, and delivered for their clients. The record-breaking number of entries demonstrates that competition was tough in an election cycle that saw more money raised for campaigns than ever before.

“While the work might have been done at the kitchen table, with dogs barking in the background and a video chat that wouldn’t end, consultants made it happen for campaigns at every level,” Kapolczynski continued. “Huge congratulations to all the winners for being recognized for their contributions.”

About the Pollie Awards The Pollie Awards (Pollies) are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) to members of the political advertising and communications industry who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes. A blind jury of their professional peers selects AAPC award winners. Esquire magazine has dubbed the Pollies“…the Oscars of political advertising.”

The full list of 2021 Pollie Contest winners can be found in the 2021 Winners Book, and the winning work can be viewed in the 2021 Pollie Gallery.

About Pollies 2021 LIVE

The 2021 Pollies LIVE will be held at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV on October 19-21, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV. Registration options for both in-person and the Digital Experience will be available. The Conference will feature cutting-edge programming on key industry trends, designed to empower attendees to leverage the latest techniques in campaign strategy and management. The Conference is widely recognized as the must-attend event for political consultants, media buyers, public affairs specialists, suppliers, industry leaders and journalists. For details, visit

About AAPC Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1,500 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information, see



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