Yesh Atid party list event 370.
(photo credit: YONAH JEREMY BOB)
Mark Mellman, the American political strategist who advised Finance Minister
Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party in the January election, won the Best International
Campaign award from the American Association of Political Consultants on Friday
night for his work on the Israeli campaign.
Because of Shabbat, Mellman
did not attend the ceremony, in which his firm received multiple awards, which
are often referred to as the “Oscars” of political consulting. However, a member
of the Mellman Group received the awards for him.
International Campaign, the Mellman Group won Pollster of the Year for its work
in the United States, including the successful Senate campaign of Heidi Heitkamp
(Democrat- North Dakota) and House Campaign of John Barrow (Democrat-Georgia).
The firm won a third award for the best initiative campaign.
competition for Best International Campaign included winning presidential
campaigns in Ecuador and Mexico among others. Mellman credited Lapid with his
victory, as well as the Yesh Atid leader’s chief of staff Hillel Korbinsky and
spokeswoman Nilly Richman.
“A year ago Yair congratulated me for winning
this same award for a campaign in Albania,” Mellman recalled.
him and added that I hoped to win again this year for his campaign. So it is
enormously gratifying for our firm to be recognized by our peers for this
But the award should really be bestowed on the whole
team –Yair, all those on the list, Hillel Korbinsky, Nili Richman and so many
others, including the grass roots volunteers who made it all
Mellman – one of the nation’s leading public opinion
researchers and communication strategists – is CEO of The Mellman Group, a
polling and consulting firm whose clients include leading political figures,
Fortune 500 companies, and some of the nation’s most important public interest
groups. Mellman has helped guide the campaigns of some 18 United States
senators, eight governors and over two dozen Members of Congress, as well as
numerous state and local officials.
Besides Israel, Mellman has worked
with a wide range of political and corporate clients around the globe, including
the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, Uruguay, the Republic of Georgia, and the
successful election of President César Gaviria in Columbia. Mellman’s corporate
clients include Coca Cola and United Airlines.