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Dixon/Davis Media Group – headed by partners David Dixon and Rich Davis – is a full-service strategic communications company and advertising agency serving Democratic candidates, campaigns and coalitions and a range of non-partisan clients.
DDMG is proud to have served as members of the Obama Media Team in 2008 and 2012.
In the historic 2008 election, DDMG created national advertising for the Obama campaign, including spots like Seven – praised as "exquisite" by former New York Times chief drama critic and columnist Frank Rich for its portrayal of John McCain as "doddering" and "unable to name the number of houses he owned." DDMG also oversaw the Obama for America's winning TV and radio campaigns in the battleground states of Florida, Virginia and North Carolina.
Asked to rejoin the Obama Media Team four years later, DDMG produced the very first Obama for America TV spot of 2012 – setting the record straight in response to American Crossroads' hyperbolic attacks on the President's record producing domestic energy and moving America toward energy independence. DDMG also designed the initial creative concept, juxtaposing Mitt Romney's awkward crooning of "America the Beautiful" with Romney's exploitation of overseas tax shelters and Swiss bank accounts, that resulted in the celebrated Obama Media Team TV spot Firms.
Beginning in the summer of 2012, DDMG was charged with designing and producing the Obama Media Team's renowned "Women's Track" of TV and radio advertising – speaking directly with women on issues from equal pay to college affordability, from access to birth control to funding for Planned Parenthood. The OFA Women's Track is widely credited with driving and solidifying the 18-point female gender gap essential in propelling President Obama to a second term.
DDMG is both gratified and privileged to count seven United States Senators among our clients. Five of our Senate winners are women, a special source of pride at DDMG.
In 2012, DDMG helped longtime client Sen. Claire McCaskill devise and execute the daring advertising strategy that lifted Tea Party Republican Todd Akin from third place to first in the Missouri Republican Primary.
After Akin's outrageous comments on so-called "legitimate rape" unmasked a dangerous strain of extremism in the national Republican Party, DDMG produced groundbreaking ads featuring survivors of sexual abuse testifying about their support for Sen. McCaskill. As reported in Advertising Age magazine, Kantar Media/CMAG chose one of DDMG's McCaskill survivor spots among their "Five Standout Ads Out of 6,600" selected "because they're unusually creative, personal or authentic." McCaskill, who began 2012 as the most vulnerable incumbent U.S. Senator, won a resounding 55%-39% victory on Election Day.
In Hawaii's open-seat Senate race, DDMG helped Democrat Mazie Hirono make history as the first immigrant woman and first Asian-American woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. DDMG's advertising and strategic counsel helped guide Hirono to a decisive victory in her competitive Democratic Primary election – which closed with a highly-unorthodox TV ad promoting Hirono's bipartisan effectiveness working in partnership with Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young. The ad, Opposites Attract, garnered national attention and finished at #6 on POLITICO's "25 Most Unforgettable Campaign Ads of 2012."
Throughout the general election, DDMG's advertising pierced the once-formidable veneer of former Governor Linda Lingle's Senate candidacy, and The San Francisco Chronicle ranked Hirono's winning 62%-37% effort "The Best Democratic Campaign of 2012."
DDMG was also honored to assist Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan in achieving their decisive 2012 victories. Both will rejoin DDMG's Class of 2008 winners Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado when the United States Senate reconvenes in January 2013.
DDMG also produced winning independent-expenditure campaigns for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Senate Majority PAC that helped elect Tim Kaine of Virginia and Bill Nelson of Florida to the U.S Senate in 2012. Previous DDMG independent-expenditure campaigns for the DSCC were vital to electing Senators Max Baucus of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
Our work extends to the nation's statehouses, too. In 2012, DDMG served on the media team that produced television and radio advertising for newly-elected New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.
In previous election cycles, DDMG handled the media and served as chief strategists for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
In 2012, DDMG's independent-expenditure work on behalf of the Democratic Governors Association played a critical role in disqualifying Republican gubernatorial candidates to elect Washington Governor Jay Inslee and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. This builds on DDMG's successful independent-expenditure efforts to aid the election of California Governor Jerry Brown and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn in 2010 and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer in 2004.
And in North Carolina, DDMG produced the media in State Treasurer Janet Cowell's successful reelection as the state's top fiscal officer.
DDMG has produced winning media and communications campaigns on behalf of nearly twenty Members of Congress. In 2012, DDMG helped add three new Democrats to Congress' ranks – Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon's 2nd District, Julia Brownley of California's 26th District and Denny Heck of Washington's newly-drawn 10th District.
In Michigan, DDMG guided U.S. Rep. Gary Peters to a decisive victory in a tough incumbent v. incumbent congressional primary waged in the newly-drawn, majority-minority 14th District.
Over the last decade, DDMG has helped elect mayors in cities from Baltimore to Omaha, from Nashville to Jersey City.
DDMG's 2012 successes extend to the arena of major ballot initiatives as well.
DDMG helped Marylanders for Marriage Equality achieve a watershed moment in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage, producing the emotional and persuasive TV and radio advertising that helped pass Maryland Question 6 – making Maryland the first state in the nation ever to pass a same-sex marriage initiative at the ballot box.
And creating media and devising communications strategy on behalf of the Alliance for a Better California, DDMG helped secure the 56%-44% defeat of insidious Proposition 32 – a measure that threatened to permanently defund the political and campaign activities of California's labor unions, and which began the campaign with more than 60% support in most public and private polls. DDMG had previously helped defeat a slew of anti-teacher/anti-education California ballot initiatives proposed in 2005 by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
To contact David, Rich and the DDMG team, please call 202/265-7900 or email us at email@example.com.