Government Relations News
In response to a hearing held on Wednesday, July 30th by the House Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, the ANA, as a part of The Advertising Coalition (TAC), has submitted a statement to be included in the record for that hearing.
In a major victory for television broadcasters, the U.S. Supreme Court held today that Aereo, which allows subscribers to stream over-the-air television programming via the Internet at virtually the same time it is being broadcast, is illegally transmitting copyrighted material.
The industry's Stop Patent Abuse Now (SPAN) coalition has filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission and Office of Management and Budget regarding the FTC's decision to conduct a study of patent trolls.
The National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) formally issued a request for comment on June 6 in the Federal Register asking stakeholders to answer six general questions on “Big Data” developments and how they impact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, the Obama Administration’s framework for privacy protections released in February 2012.
ANA has joined with fifteen other industry groups to call for Congress to pass federal data breach legislation this year
In recently released guidelines, entitled “Making Your Privacy Practices Public,” California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris outlined recommendations for businesses to comply with recent changes to the state’s privacy law.
Policy recommendations released today by World Obesity (formerly “IASO”) and Consumers International call on the international community to develop a global convention to fight “diet-related ill health” similar to the legal framework for tobacco control. The set of recommendations to governments includes placing stricter controls on advertising, promotion and sponsorship of “unhealthy” foods to children under the age of 16.
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) have introduced legislation that would deny the federal tax deduction for advertising of foods of “poor nutritional quality” to children and to brands whose foods are associated with advertising foods of “poor nutritional quality” to children.
Today, the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee released a report in advance of its May 15th hearing entitled “Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy.”
The White House yesterday released its report on how the use of "big data" affects Americans.
On April 8, ANA joined the National Retail Federation (NRF), the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) in a letter to Reps. Lee Terry (R-NE) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), the Chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Terrell McSweeny was confirmed today on a 95-1 vote to be a commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission. This brings the FTC back up to a full five-person commission for the first time in over a year.
ANA has filed comments in response to a request from the White House's Science and Technology Policy Office's request for information on how the use of "big data" affects the American public.
As expected, Chairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee released a draft tax reform proposal today. As we had heard, Chairman Camp’s plan would require the amortization of certain advertising expenses beginning in 2015.
All indications are that Chairman Dave Camp of the House Ways and Means Committee will release a discussion draft tax reform proposal next week.
ANA filed comments with the Senate Finance Committee on Friday in opposition to Chairman Baucus’ draft proposal to amortize 50 percent of the tax deductibility of advertising expenses over a five year period.
Advertising is a driving force in the U.S. economy, serving as a generator of job creation and sales, according to a new study commissioned by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and The Advertising Coalition, which represents advertisers, advertising agencies, and media companies.
ANA has joined four other associations in sending a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) in support of provisions in S. 1720, the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act.
In response to its recent “Internet of Things” workshop on November 19th (focusing on security and privacy issues related to consumer goods connected to the Internet), the FTC announced it is seeking public comment on issues discussed at the workshop.
Potential Changes in Deductibility of Advertising Expenses within Tax Reform Legislation Would Only Serve to Stifle Economic Activity
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, today released his discussion draft of tax reform legislation that includes a provision that will, if enacted, severely impact the economy and lead to significant job loss. This provision would allow advertisers to deduct only 50 percent of all advertising expenses in the first year and amortize the remaining 50 percent over the next five years.