Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Kenney Group Lands Four Pollie Awards for 2011 Ballot Initiatives

Press Release (The Kenney Group)

The Kenney Group, a Denver-based political consulting and public affairs firm won four national Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) outstanding work in television spots, online advertising, use of humor in a campaign and for an overall campaign – including a spot featuring Denver Mayor Michael Hancock opposing a local initiative. 

The Hancock ad – which won a Bronze Pollie for best television ad in a ballot initiative – was the centerpiece of the successful 2011 campaign against a Denver paid-sick-leave initiative.  The ad can be viewed here:

“We’re grateful that Mayor Hancock was such an effective and eager participant in helping us inform and motivate Denver voters on this issue in 2011,”  said David Kenney, TKG founder and president, who wrote and produced the ad.   “His presence helped sharpen the message, cut through the message clutter  and hit home with voters who were wrestling with a complex and emotional issue.” 

The Kenney Group also received three Pollie awards for its work on behalf of the Boulder Smart Energy Coalition, a group opposing a 2011 referendum in Boulder.   TKG was honored with:

  • Gold Pollie – Outstanding Online Advertising
  • Silver Pollie – Best Use of Humor in a Ballot Initiative
  • Bronze Pollie – Best in Show – Ballot Initiative

TKG is no stranger to national Pollie honors, having been recognized in recent years for innovative television advertising, direct mail and print persuasion  -- including a well-known TV spot featuring then-Mayor John Hickenlooper parachuting from an airplane on behalf of a statewide fiscal referendum. 

“Being recognized nationally once again for our work is a testament to the entire team effort , from concept to design to production that turns good ideas into effective political communication,” Kenney said. 

The Pollie Awards are presented annually by AAPC, a national association for political and public affairs professionals.  The awards honor the very best around the country in political campaign advertising and expertise.  Winners are chosen from dozens of categories, recognizing a wide spectrum of political and public affairs communications. 

The Kenney Group provides full-service strategic communications, media relations, government affairs and political consulting for a wide and diverse array of private- and public-sector clients.  The firm has worked on a number of local, regional and statewide issue campaigns including the Denver Convention Center, FasTracks, the Better Denver bond program, the Denver Art Museum, among others.

In addition to its political work, the firm provides communications, public opinion research and government affairs services to a number of Colorado’s most prominent corporations, including Xcel Energy, Safeway, Frontier Airlines, Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel, and Centerplate.

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