See below for AAPC’s Policy Statements.
Anti-Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy: The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) is committed to upholding the highest standards for respectful, professional norms and behavior and to fostering an inclusive climate. Consequently, harassment and unprofessional behavior at AAPC events is considered to be a serious form of misconduct. The Anti-Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy modeled closely on the American Political Science Association and Midwest Political Science Association Anti-Harassment Policies, outlines expectations for all who attend and participate in AAPC events and meetings. Read the full policy here.
Press Policy: Members of the Press may register for the Pollies on a complimentary basis. A Press pass will provide access to all Conference educational sessions and luncheons, but no evening functions or the Caucus-only session. Press credentials will be verified. Should you wish to attend the full conference, including the Pollie Awards Gala Dinner, please register as an attendee.
AAPC Standard on Citations
A Television spot or Direct Mail piece that criticizes an opponent should have a responsible citation in the body of the piece that leads any interested person to find the proof of the claim without an excessive burden. All other advertising should have documentation easily accessible to voters. This may include direction to a public website with information and documentation.
Television and Direct Mail pieces that do not meet this standard will be disqualified for Pollie Award consideration. All other Pollie entries of advertisements and/or political communications such as radio spots, recorded phone calls, and other communications mediums shall be fully documented.