Chuck Coughlin has been honored as “Best Political Operative” from the Arizona Capital Times in 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2010.  In 2008 and 2006, Coughlin was honored by the Arizona Capitol Times as the “Person you would least want as a political opponent.”  In 2004, BizAZ magazine named HighGround one of Arizona’s “Coolest Companies.”

HighGround has won more than two dozen national “Pollie” awards from the American Association of Political Consultants including 2014 Campaign Excellence Public Affairs/Advocacy Campaign of the Year” award for “Restoring Arizona.”

The team’s campaign work has also won several Reed Awards from Campaigns and Elections Magazine.

HighGround’s work has also been recognized by the PRSA, the Arizona Newspaper Association, and the National Association for Transit Excellence.



2019 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Best Campaign Logo & Branding - Organization/PAC
  • Most Original/Innovative Collateral Item

 

2019 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Gold “Best Logo”

2018 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Toughest Republican Direct Mail Piece
  • Best Earned Media Around a Single Event

 

2017 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

 

2017 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Gold “Phones- Candidate Division Automated Calls- Local”
  • Silver “Collateral Yard/Outdoor Sign”
  • Silver “Field Walk/Handout Piece”
  • Silver “Miscellaneous Best Use of Unusual Phone Techniques”
  • Bronze “Direct Mail - Public Affairs Division for Local”

 

2016 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Best Mail Piece for Public Affairs/ Issue Advocacy Campaign - Statewide/Local
  • Best Lit Piece
  • Best Newspaper Ad for Public Affairs/Issues Advocacy Campaign
  • Best Public Affairs Campaign
  • Best Newspaper Ad of 2015


2016 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Gold “Best Use of Humor Overall Ballot Initiative Division
  • Silver “Newspaper Insert”
  • Silver “Best Direct Mail Campaign Overall Public Affairs Division”

2016 AZ Capitol Times

  • Best Independent Expenditure/Ballot Measure Campaign

 

2015 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Best Yard & Outdoor Signs
  • Best Lit Piece
  • Best Automated Phone Call for County, Local, Mayor or Judicial Candidate


2015 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Gold “Best Use of Unusual Phone Techniques Phones/Candidate Division”
  • Silver “Automated Calls Local/ Municipal/ Regional (Non-Mayoral) Phones/Candidate Division”
  • Silver “Automated Calls Independent Expenditure Congressional/Legislative/Local Phones - Candidate Division”

2014 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Best Yard & Outdoor Signs
  • Best Collateral Item/Sign

2014 American Association of Political Consultants:

  • Campaign Excellence Award for Public Affairs/Advocacy Campaign of the Year
     

2014 AAPC Pollie Awards:


2013 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Best Signature and Collateral Material Yard & Outdoor Signs


2013 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Honorable Mention “Direct Mail Ballot Initiative County Campaigns”
  • Bronze “Collateral Ballot Initiative Yard & Outdoor Signs”


2012 Campaign & Elections Reed Awards:

  • Toughest Direct Mail Piece


2012 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Silver “Collateral Candidate Yard & Outdoor Sign
  • Honorable Mention “Collateral Candidate Yard & Outdoor Sign

2011 AAPC Pollie Awards:


2011 Campaign & Elections Special Categories

  • Best Use of Email/Viral Marketing

2010 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Silver “Direct Mail -Ballot/Initiative Bilingual/Multilingual/ Foreign Language”
  • Bronze “Collateral - Ballot/Initiative Logo

2009 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Silver “Internet - Ballot Presentation Online Advertising for State Campaigns
  • Honorable Mention “Newspaper- Ballot for City Campaigns”

2008 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Bronze “Newspaper Insert”
  • Bronze “Newspaper - Full Page - State/Local Ballot Measure”

 

2008 Arizona Newspaper Association:

  • First Place “Excellence in Advertising Best Agency Produced Political Ad”
  • First Place “Excellence in Advertising Best Agency Produced Newspaper Ad”

 

2007 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Gold “Internet - Website Initiative/ Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment Statewide
  • Silver “Internet Communications/ Advertising - Persuasion Online Advertisement - Initiative/ Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment”
  • Bronze “Phone Calls - Best Use of Humor”
  • Bronze “Phone Calls - Initiative/Referendum/Constitutional Amendment
  • Local/ Municipal/ Regional”

 

2007 Arizona Newspaper Association:

  • First Place “Excellence in Advertising Best Agency Produced Political Ad”

2006 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Bronze “Newspaper - Full Page Local Ballot Measure”


2005 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • Gold “Internet - Website Initiative/ Referendum/ Constitutional Amendment”
  • Gold “Radio - Initiative/ Referendum”
  • Bronze “Internet - Most Innovative Use of Technology”


2004 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • First Place “Internet/ Electronic Media Local Initiative/ Referendum Website”

2004 Center for Transportation Excellence

  • Transit Initiative Award for Most Innovative Use of the Web


2003 AAPC Pollie Awards:

  • First Place “Joe Arizona- Coalition for Arizona”
  • First Place “This is the State of Arizona…Just Kidding” Coalition for Arizona
  • First Place “Chris is Missing” Jan Brewer for Secretary of State
  • Second Place ““Joe Arizona, Do the Math” Coalition for Arizona
  • Honorable Mention “Best Overall Internet Campaign”

 

2003 Public Relations Society of America:

  • PRSA Copper Anvil Award Public Affairs Award of Merit
  • PRSA Copper Anvil Award Innovative Use of Technology Award of Excellence