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Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative Promotes Nutritious Choices and Healthier Lifestyles to Kids

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) today sent a letter to Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) William E. Kovacic as follow-up to the Georgetown Economic Services ("GES") September 22, 2008 report on advertising food and beverages to children, "Food, Beverage and Restaurant Advertising in 2007 - Children's Impressions and Expenditures on Children's Programs".

ANA Files Comments with ICANN on Top Level Domain Issue

ANA has filed comments with the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regarding its proposal to increase dramatically the number of generic top level domains that are available to the public.

FTC Announces Potential Changes to Endorsement & Testimonial Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission has released a Federal Register notice detailing the changes that it plans to make to its guidelines for the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.

New Internet Domain Name Proposal Could Seriously Impact Your Brands

A proposal to greatly expand the availability of

ANA Urges FCC to Reject Onerous New Rules for Product Placement

ANA and other industry groups have urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject proposals for onerous new time restrictions or disclosure rules on product placement in television programming.

Waxman Defeats Dingell for House Energy & Commerce Chairmanship

The change in leadership at the House Energy and Commerce Committee poses new challenges for the advertising industry.

State Budget Pressures Could Lead to Ad Tax Fights

Many state governments are facing severe budget pressures that are expected to intensify for some time.

ANA Files Comments With CPSC on Advertising Rulemaking

CPSC Asks for Comment on Final Ad Rules

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has asked for comment on its new rules for warnings in internet and catalog advertisements that it has formulated as a result of H.R. 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court Ruling Throwing Tax Swap Plan Off November Ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida which could have lead to a serious battle over taxing business services such as advertising was thrown off the November ballot by a unanimous decision of the Florida Supreme Court yesterday. This is a major victory for the business community.

Florida Tax Swap Plan Thrown Off November Ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida which could lead to a serious battle over taxing business services such as advertising has been thrown off the November ballot by a state Circuit Court.

CPSC Bill Passes Congress

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 passed the U.S. Senate last Thursday on a vote of 89-3. This followed the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, which approved the bill on a vote of 424-1. It now moves on to President Bush for his signature.

Tobacco Legislation Passes House, Now Moves on to Senate

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (H.R. 1108) passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday by a vote of 326-102.

Advertising Community Opposes Tobacco Legislation

On behalf of the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF), we are writing to express our opposition to several of the marketing provisions of H.R. 1108, the "Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act."

FCC Issues Notice on Product Placement Issues

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a long-awaited Notice of Inquiry and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOI/NPRM) on product placement in television programming.

FTC Issues New Report on Alcohol Beverage Advertising Self-Regulation

The FTC has released its third report examining self-regulation of alcohol beverage advertising.

Advocacy Groups Respond to Associations Letter to FCC on Product Placement

On June 19th, 23 advocacy groups sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging that it conduct a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on product placement.

FCC Commissioner Adelstein Outlines Broad Agenda to Protect Children from "Inappropriate" Media Content

At a wide-ranging speech before the Media Institute, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein outlined a broad range of steps he believes the government should take to

DTC Prescription Drug Advertising Update

Two items of note regarding the DTC prescription drug advertising issue.

Florida Tax Swap Plan Could Lead to Ad Tax Battle

The sales tax exemptions under Florida law for advertising and other business services may once again be under attack.

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Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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SAG/AFTRA

ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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