The American Association of Political Consultants, the nation’s largest trade association for political consultants, recently awarded the Starboard Group with its prestigious Pollie Award for its fundraising work to finance Congressman Mike Coffman’s re-election campaign. At an awards ceremony late last week, the AAPC awarded the firm a bronze medal for a mailer produced on behalf of Mike Coffman for Congress. The organization also gave the Starboard Group an Honorable Mention for a fundraising event organized for former Gov. Mitt Romney’s bid for president.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” Kristin Strohm, a managing partner and founder of the firm said. “Our whole team worked tirelessly on Congressman Coffman’s re-election campaign and it is so satisfying to know that our work was not unnoticed by our peers.”
The Pollie Awards were presented at the AAPC’s annual gala dinner, which the association bills as “the most prestigious gathering of political professionals from around the country.” The dinner was held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 5.
After redistricting made Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District much less favorable to the incumbent Republican Congressman Coffman, Strohm and her business partner Katie Behnke led the Starboard Group to raise over $1.9 million for Coffman’s successful re-election.
The Starboard Group also raised over $6 million for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan in just three months, from August to November 2012. The firm received an honorable mention for their work fundraising on behalf of Romney’s campaign.
“Working on Gov. Romney’s campaign was an honor and privilege,” Behnke said. “Even though it was crushing to lose, it’s heartening to be recognized for our work on his campaign.”
Overall, the firm raised more than $15 million for its clients in the 2012 election cycle.