In 2018, we played a leading role in helping Democrats recapture the House of Representatives, producing advertising in 16 of the 40 seats Democrats flipped from red to blue. We also produced two of the most viral political ads in campaign history – each for first time, female, veteran candidates running for the House. “Told Me” for Amy McGrath in Kentucky and “Doors” for MJ Hegar in Texas catapulted two otherwise underdog candidates into the national spotlight and helped them raise millions for their campaigns. We also helped elect Governors Michelle Lujan Grisham in New Mexico and Ned Lamont in Connecticut, and helped one of the most vulnerable governors in the country, Gina Raimondo, win re-election in Rhode Island.
In 2016, despite the Donald Trump-driven Republican rout across much of the country, we helped Attorney General Roy Cooper unseat Governor Pat McCrory in North Carolina — one of only two Republican governors unseated since 2007 and the first North Carolina governor ever defeated for re-election. We also helped first-time candidate Levar Stoney win an upset mayoral campaign in the first round of voting (avoiding a runoff) in Richmond, Virginia.
Another highlight of 2016 was producing the most heralded political ad in many years for Jason Kander’s campaign for U.S. Senate in Missouri. The ad, which featured Jason assembling an assault weapon while blindfolded, helped him nearly pull off the upset of the year. Jason lost by only three points in a state that Hillary Clinton lost by 19.
In 2014, because of the Republican wave across most of the country, Democrats only won four out of 14 “toss up” gubernatorial campaigns (as ranked by Real Clear Politics). We produced the advertising for two of the four Democratic wins — Governor John Hickenlooper’s re-election in Colorado and Governor Gina Raimondo’s open seat win in Rhode Island. Governor Raimondo’s victory included coming from behind to win the Democratic nomination in a tough three-way primary. We also helped U.S. Senator Tom Udall and State Auditor Tim Keller win their campaigns in New Mexico. In all, we helped win four statewide campaigns in 2014 — a winning record that set us apart in a very difficult year.
In 2012, we produced the advertising for Heidi Heitkamp’s surprise U.S. Senate win in North Dakota — a victory The Washington Post called “amazing.” As members of the Obama Media Team, we created the widely heralded “47 Percent” television ad that the Los Angeles Times and Politico called “the best” TV ad of the year. And we were proud to produce winning re-election advertising for U.S. Senators Ben Cardin in Maryland and Bob Casey in Pennsylvania. We also helped elect six new U.S. Representatives with our work for the House Majority PAC.
The 25 Best Ads of 2018
AdWeek, 12/13/2018 | David Griner
Meet the man behind 2018’s most viral campaign ads
MSNBC, 10/30/2018 | Katy Tur
Midterm Campaign Ads Offer Personal Messages that go Deeper than the Issues
CBS News, 10/22/2018
Meet the Man Behind Some of 2018's Most Viral Campaign Videos
CNN, 08/03/2018 | Rebecca Berg
'A Little Errol Morris. And a Little Roger Ailes’
Politico, 07/08/2018 | Michael Kruse
How the Most Viral Political Ad of 2018 Got Made
The Washingtonian, 07/03/2018 | Amanda Whiting
Here are the top 5 ads of the 2016 election cycle
CBS News, 11/04/2016 | Reena Flores
Inside The Creation Of The Best Campaign Ad Of 2016
The Huffington Post, 08/02/2017 | Sam Stein and Jason Cherkis
Political Ad Man Finds the Personal in Democratic Hopefuls
The New York Times, 5/25/14 | Ashley Parker
What Works in a Campaign Commercial? Ad Executives Offer Their Take
New York Times, 10/28/12 | Jeremy W. Peters
North Dakota GOP staffer: Heitkamp ads 'much better'
Politico, 9/9/12 | Alexander Burns
National Journal, 4/21/11 | Naureen Khan
Owens, Omens and Dairy Cows
Politics Magazine, 2/1/10 | Mark Putnam
The Obama Show
Newsweek, 10/23/08 | Richard Wolffe
"Heitkamp’s huge over-performance was built on her quality as a candidate, and the quality of her TV ads.”