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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.

ANA Urges New York State Lawmakers to Reject New Restrictions on Online Behavioral Advertising

ANA has urged members of the New York State Legislature to reject two bills that would impose serious new state-specific restrictions on online behavioral advertising.

Legislation Would Make Sweeping Changes in FTC's Enforcement Powers

Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday that would make sweeping changes in the enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If passed by the Congress, these changes could have serious implications for virtually every sector of the business community.

ANA, Eleven Other Industry Groups File Comments on FTC Behavioral Advertising Principles

ANA, along with eleven other industry groups, has filed comments today on the Federal Trade Commission

House Energy and Commerce Committee Reports Tobacco Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has favorably reported H.R. 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to the full House.

Senate Makes Changes to CPSC Reform Act

The United States Senate passed the CPSC Reform Act (H.R. 4040) on March 6, 2008 with some modifications to provisions that were of concerns to the advertising industry.

ANA Opposes Advertising Provisions in Tobacco Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee plans to complete a markup today of H.R. 1108, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which contains extraordinarily sweeping rules relating to tobaco advertising.

ANA Writes to U.S. Senate on Consumer Product Safety Commission Reauthorization Bill

ANA has sent a letter up to the United States Senate detailing our concerns with provisions in S. 2663, The CPSC Reform Act.

FTC Announces April Workshop on Green Marketing Guides and Packaging

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a public workshop to examine developments in green packaging claims and the consumer perception of such claims.

ANA Seeks Comment on FTC Draft Privacy Principles

ANA is working with a coalition of companies and industry groups to file comments with the FTC and to demonstrate the problems with a Do Not Track regime.

ANA, AAAA and AAF Send Letter to FCC on Embedded Advertising

The Federal Communications Commission is holding discussions at their open commission meeting on Tuesday, December 18 regarding the use of embedded advertising (or product placement) in media.

FTC to Review Green Marketing Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it will begin a review of its environmental marketing guidelines and hold hearings or workshops over the next several months on a number of green marketing topics, including

FCC Chair to Push for Inquiry into Product Placement Rules

It has been reported that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin will ask the Commission to begin a formal examination of the agency's current disclosure rules for product placement in television programming.

U.S. Conference of Mayors Report Highlights Declining Tax Revenues and Slowing Growth

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has released an economic impact report which forecasts sharp gross domestic product losses as a result of the ongoing foreclosure crisis.

Florida Tax Commissioner Calls for New Taxes on Business Services

Former State Senate President John McKay, now a member of the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, has proposed a constitutional amendment to require the Florida Legislature to reduce property taxes by extending the sales tax to most business services.

ANA and Industry Groups Submit Comments on FEC Rulemaking on "Electioneering Communications"

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and our sister associations, the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF) have filed comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on a proposed rulemaking regarding

FTC to Host Forum on Online Behavioral Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a two-day Town Hall meeting to examine privacy issues and online behavioral advertising

Food and Beverage Marketing Initiative Receives Positive Reviews

The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) yesterday announced the details of the new marketing pledges of 11 major food, beverage and restaurant companies under the Council

ANA Opposes Kennedy Tobacco Advertising Restrictions

Tomorrow, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will consider S. 625, a bill to transfer regulatory authority over tobacco products and advertising to the Food and Drug Administration. ANA, along with the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the American Advertising Federation, has sent a letter to the committee detailing the constitutional problems with the advertising provisions in the bill.

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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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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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