Love Communications Earns Two ‘Best in Show’ Awards At 2017 Pollies

–Recognized by AAPC for SUWA, VOTE.UTAH.GOV campaigns in national competition–

SALT LAKE CITY March 23, 2017 – Utah-based advertising agency Love Communications won two “Best in Show” trophies at the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) awards for ad campaigns created for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA), which won a gold, and Utah’s Lt. Governor’s Office (promoting the website, VOTE.UTAH.GOV), which won a bronze.

In all, Love Communications won a total of seven awards at the event, including two for SUWA, an additional pair of gold awards for the Lt. Governor’s Office and two gold awards – known as “Pollies” – for work done on behalf of Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams’ reelection campaign.

The Love Communications’ campaigns were formally recognized at the AAPC 2017 Annual Pollie Awards and Conference, held late last week in Huntington Beach, Calif. This year, there were more than 2,200 entries, of which only 18 percent received a Pollie. Love’s trophies represented two of the three honorees in the exclusive “Best in Show” category.

“We’re exceedingly proud of our efforts for these clients, and recognition by the Pollies never gets old. ‘Best in Show’ is a great honor, obviously, especially as we did it twice,” said Tom Love, president of Love Communications. “One thing these particular clients of ours have in common is that they challenge us to do our best work – and then they give us the freedom, resources and latitude to actually do it.”

The Pollie Awards are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the AAPC to members of the political advertising and communications industry who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes. A blind jury of peers (some 279 participated this year) selects AAPC award winners. Over the years, Esquire magazine has dubbed the Pollies as “…the Oscars of political advertising.”

Love’s gold-award “Best in Show” SUWA work, produced under a time crunch in early 2016, addressed concerns about the Utah Public Lands Initiative. The animated spots lampooned the situation with a parody version of the Woody Guthrie classic, “This Land Is Your Land.” A pre-roll spot in the campaign titled “Oil Wells” was also recognized with a silver Pollie in the Digital/Internet/Public Affairs Division.

“The Love team helped us tell a fairly complex story in a relatable, memorable manner,” said SUWA Executive Director Scott Groene. “They moved quickly to develop messaging that truly made an impact.”

In addition to its bronze award for “Best in Show,” Love Communications’ animated campaign for the Lt. Governor’s office was honored in a couple of more categories, including a gold Pollie for best TV campaign in the Overall Public Affairs Division and a gold Pollie for best statewide campaign in the Television Public Affairs Division.

“Love Communications developed a campaign with the perfect blend of humor and intelligence,” said Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, who successfully challenged the Love firm to create provocative messaging for the 2016 Election Cycle. “Once again, the Love team delivered a message that made a real impact on such a historic election.”

For Mayor McAdams’ reelection campaign, the agency also used humor to maximize exposure and memorability. Its TV commercial – built around the song, “You’ve Got A Friend In Ben” – won a gold Pollie in the TV Candidate Division (Local/Municipal/Regional) and “The Ben Bus” (actually an old volunteer fire truck retrofitted with McAdams’ campaign colors, photos and headlines) won a gold in the Collateral category for Mass Transit/Bus Signs.

“Love’s creative energies have given my team a great amount of visibility and recognition in our community,” said McAdams, whose bus is a familiar presence at fundraisers, parades and local events. “They’ve done a tremendous job of branding my campaign efforts with distinction.”

Love Communications’ latest recognition by the Pollies is the fourth straight election in which the agency’s work has been honored by the AAPC. The agency has been recognized with a total of nearly 40 Pollies over the past six years. This is the first year the agency received a “Best in Show” recognition – and it turned out to be two.


About Love Communications
Celebrating its 18th anniversary this year, Love Communications is a full-service advertising and marketing firm based in Salt Lake City. The agency, which reported capitalized billings of approximately $45 million last year, currently employs more than 40 full-time staffers across a number of disciplines. The firm operates under the direction of partners Tom Love, Rich Love, Preston Wood and Alan Reighard. See more online at and @lovecommslc.

About AAPC
Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1,250 members hailing from all corners of the globe.  It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information, see





March 23, 2017

Contact: John Youngren


Love Communications Wins Top Honors in Eight Categories at 2016 Utah ADDY Awards

SALT LAKE CITY, March 22, 2016 – Love Communications – one of Salt Lake City’s top full-service advertising and public relations firms – had bold representation at Utah’s 2016 ADDY Awards celebration hosted by American Advertising Federation last Saturday, March 19. While a Gold ADDY Award was not given in all categories at the annual award show, Love Communications is the proud recipient of the highest recognition awarded in six categories: (more…)

The Salt Lake Tribune names Love Communications as a Wasatch Front 2015 Top Workplace

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 15, 2015 – Salt Lake City-based Love Communications has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by The Salt Lake Tribune. The award was based on several aspects of workplace culture including alignment, execution and connection, to name a few. Love Communications is a 16-year-old full service advertising, PR and marketing firm that employs 40 marketing professionals.

SLC Ad Executive Tom Love Receives AAF-Utah 2015 Silver Medal Award

–Love Communications’ Founding Partner Honored for Lifetime Achievement–

SALT LAKE CITY – Local political leaders, Utah advertising and media representatives and members of the Salt Lake business community were on hand today as Tom Love, President and Founding Partner of Salt Lake City-based advertising agency Love Communications, was honored by the American Advertising Federation of Utah (AAF-Utah) with its highest recognition, the 2015 Silver Medal Award.

This is the 50th anniversary of the award in Utah. The Silver Medal is the highest honor the advertising profession can award to a member. It represents a lifetime of achievement in the ad industry.

Love Communications Brings Home The Gold: Five National Awards

Recognized by American Association of Political Consultants for VOTE.UTAH.GOV campaign

SALT LAKE CITY – A public awareness campaign featuring Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and promoting the assets of the state’s VOTE.UTAH.GOV website has been recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) with five of its top honors, gold “Pollie” awards.

The campaign was developed and produced by Salt Lake City-based Love Communications, which created the work in conjunction with the Lt. Governor’s office. Love entered the Vote campaign in just seven categories to earn its five gold Pollies, which were announced late last week at the AAPC 2015 Annual Pollie Awards and Conference in New Orleans. With more than 2,400 entries, this year’s contest was the largest in AAPC history.

“It’s exciting to see the growth of the industry reflected in the Pollie Awards,” said AAPC President Art Hackney. “We continue to refine categories, making the contest easier to enter – yet harder to win. This year’s winners represent the very best in business of politics.”

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to Read to Children to Promote Literacy and Importance of Higher Education

Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox will read the newly published book Monte and the World of Possibilities to children in an effort to inspire young kids to begin dreaming of what they want to be when they get older. Utah System of Higher Education created the book for elementary school students, particularly 2nd and 3rd graders, to help promote literacy and encourage children to follow their dreams by attending college.


Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox, joined by Utah’s System of Higher Education


Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 10 a.m.


The City Library

210 E. 400 South

Salt Lake City, Utah

To locate a virtual version of the book and activity sheets, please visit

Public Safety Endorsements Roll In For Sheriff Jim Winder in Reelection Campaign

Fraternal Order of Police, Professional Firefighters of Utah; Salt Lake County Firefighters IAFF all agree that Winder’s Working

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 20, 2014 – The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Utah Lodge #2 is among the most recent law enforcement or safety labor unions to announce its endorsement of incumbent Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder in his 2014 bid for reelection.

The organization formally announced its endorsement today at a media event attended by Winder supporters, including representatives from two other labor unions that have endorsed the Sheriff – the Unified Fire Authority IAFF (local 1696) and the Professional Firefighters of Utah.