Neal Kwatra, CEO of Metropolitan Public Strategies (MPS), is announcing the firm’s recent wins at the 2019 Pollie Awards, which were presented April 4th at American Association of Political Consultants annual Pollie Awards and Campaign Excellence Gala in Napa Valley, California. The prestigious Pollie Awards recognize the best in political communications strategies and public affairs campaigns. —
MPS won three awards for their Broward Transportation Ballot Initiative – Gold, for Overall Best in Show, Gold for Best Television Campaign, and Bronze for Best Digital/Internet Advertising Campaign. The Broward Initiative helped Broward County secure key funding to repair roads and sidewalks, ease traffic congestion, and create job opportunities locally. This highly effective campaign was successful in engaging voters, resulting in a 60.2% final vote tally in favor of the initiative, which had previously failed in 2016.
MPS also won Silver for their Save Our Housing/Share Better television campaign. This campaign led to an impressive victory and the passage of groundbreaking legislative reforms that will protect tourism and the housing market in New York. In 2017, MPS also won a Pollie Gold Award for best national affairs television campaign for its TV ad “My Story.” The ad highlights the story of a young, African American woman named Quirtina, who speaks of being unable to secure a short-term rental from Airbnb. This TV ad was also part of the Share Better Campaign, which seeks to eliminate racial and other forms of discrimination in short-term rentals sites such as Airbnb.
Called the “Oscars of political communications,” the Pollie Awards celebrate the year’s best work in national, regional, and state-level political advertising. Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), the Awards’ host, is a non-profit, non-partisan trade group that serves a variety of political consultants, including media consultants, campaign managers, public affairs officers, congressional staffers, and fundraisers. Currently, the AAPC has over 1300 members from all kinds of political affiliations.
Mr. Kwatra served as a political and media strategist for several campaigns, including leading the campaign for Ken Thompson—the first African American elected as Brooklyn’s District Attorney—and for Governor Cuomo’s 2014 reelection campaign.
Over the past six years, Neal Kwatra and MPS have been involved in some of the most hotly contested political and advocacy campaigns. In addition to working on key attorney and gubernatorial races in New York, Mr. Kwatra has expanded MPS’s campaign reach to national grassroots advocacy campaigns. MPS has worked with the Innocence Project to advocate for criminal just reform and with the local #Fightfor15 to help enact a $15 minimum wage in New York. The firm has also worked on behalf of groups championing paid family leave, tuition-free college, and medical marijuana expansion.
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