A former Chicago Tribune reporter, Mr. Axelrod went on to create a political advertising and strategy firm to run Paul Simon's successful race for the U.S. Senate. That shop is now called AKP&D Message and Media.
AKP&D has produced advertising for a number of congressional and gubernatorial campaigns. Mr. Axelrod is the "A" in AKP&D. The "P" is David Plouffe, who served as manager of the Obama campaign.