About Art Hackney
Experience is the key
Arthur Hackney was born in the Territory of Alaska and is a lifetime member of the Pioneers of Alaska. He has been one of the top corporate and political media consultants in Alaska for over 40 years, handling media strategy and messaging for over 75 businesses, organizations and top corporations in telecommunications, banking, oil & gas, mining, hospitality, healthcare and tourism. Since 1970 he has worked on over 150 political and public affairs campaigns, including the entire Alaska Congressional Delegation for two decades. He worked on campaigns for the late Ted Stevens for 35 years and is now beginning his 20th campaign for Congressman Don Young. He has also written and produced media for public affairs and political campaigns in over twenty states for U.S. House, U.S. Senate and President.
From May 1978 – December 1984, Art was President of Holden Hackney Productions – a state-wide video and film production company. From December 1984 – June 1990 Art was President of Holden Hackney & Breeze – a full-service communications firm with offices in Anchorage and Seoul, South Korea. From June 1990 – June 2001 Art was President of Hackney Hackney & Smith of Anchorage. From June 2001 – June 2004 Art was President of Edmonds Hackney & Associates in Washington, DC – arriving just ahead of 9/11, working for clients including the NRA, NFIB, Newspaper Association of America and the Alaska Governor 2002 election. From June 2004 to the present Art has been CEO of Hackney & Hackney Inc – a corporate and political communications firm in Anchorage. Art has won more state and national awards than any other individual media producer in America for start-to-finish strategy, concept, copywriting and production.
Art is Past President and current Chairman Emeritus of the American Association of Political Consultants and has served on the Board of the International Association of Political Consultants, Americans for Job Security and was a member of the Leadership Trust of the National Federation of Independent Business. Art served as Co-Chair of the George W Bush Campaign in Alaska and sat on the national finance committee for the campaign. In 2003, President Bush named Art to the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Arts for Kennedy Center. Art and his late wife April have been active in raising money for charitable and arts organizations in Alaska for decades. In the past Art has served as President of the American Advertising Federation, Alaska, and as a Board Member of the Anchorage Symphony, the Alaska Support Industry Alliance and the Aleut Enterprise Corporation as well as a special advisor to the Governor of Alaska.
Art has two daughters and two grandchildren. He was married to April, who was also his business partner, from 1990 until her untimely death in March 2018. Art’s favorite pastimes are adventure travel, U.S. and world history and politics, fine dining and wines, motorcycles and – the Washington Nationals. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America and across the continental US and Hawaii.
You have to have a lot of life experience to be effective as a political consultant.
Corporate & political communications
Hackney & Hackney
I’ve been doing strategic corporate and political strategy / messaging / campaigns since the early 80’s.
For 18 years, I handled all strategic positioning and media for the first new bank to open in Alaska after the crash of the late 80’s that saw 7 banks go out of business. Bank President Marc Langland was interviewed after he retired and said that a big part of Northrim’s incredible success was due to the creative marketing efforts of Hackney & Hackney.
For 15 years, I handled all strategy and media for the growth of Cellular One and then it’s transition to AT&T Wireless and were the only agency for an AT&T regional cellular market, fueling growth that met every target year after year in building cellular usage in Alaska.
H&H handled all media during the explosive launch/growth years of General Communications Inc (GCI) in the 90’s before we made a move to Washington DC. They had a target of 10% market share and were at 40% when we moved back East.
We handled all media strategy, production and placement for Ted Stevens from 1983 through five U.S. Senate campaigns. A week before his death, Ted told us to gear up because he was going to run at age 90 to retake the seat from Mark Begich.
I’m entering my 20th campaign for Congressman Don Young and successfully defended him in all his closest elections.
We handled three U.S. Senate races for Frank Murkowski and then his successful 2002 Gubernatorial bid.
We handled a virtually unknown George Wuerch for Anchorage Mayor in 1999 and pulled off a surprise win over Mark Begich, whose pollster publicly declared him the certain winner by 7+% one week out.
Our work covers the spectrum of Alaska’s industries as well as politics – as our list of clients shows – and we have never been fired by a client. Hackney & Hackney has received more national awards for political/public affairs campaigns than any other Republican political firm in America.
After serving as campaign co-chairs for the GW Bush campaign in 2000 we moved to Washington DC and I became President of Edmonds Hackney & Associates. Our clients included the National Rifle Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, The Newspaper Association of America, Transportation for America’s Future, the Family Research Council and many national commercial accounts.
We returned to Alaska in 2004 at the request of Ted Stevens and Don Young to work for the reelection of Senator Lisa Murkowski against a challenge by former Governor Tony Knowles.