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FDA Plans Major New Studies on DTC Advertising

Earlier this month, the FDA announced its plans to undertake three new studies relating to direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising.

Marketers May Face Ad Tax Fight in Illinois Next Year

Early in his successful campaign, Bruce Rauner, the Republican governor-elect in Illinois, proposed extending the sales tax to a number of services, including advertising on billboards, radio and television as well as ad agency services.

Report on the 2014 Midterm Elections

A political tidal wave swept through our nation’s capital on Tuesday night.

.Sucks Top Level Domain Poses Serious Threat

It was recently announced that Vox Populi Registry, an affiliate of Momentous Corp., beat out two other competitors to win the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) .sucks contention set, paying over $3 million for the string.

ANA Sends Letter to Illinois Congressional Delegation on Ad Taxes

Today, ANA sent a letter to all members of the Illinois delegation to Congress urging them to protect the tax deductibility of advertising.

Comments Needed by November 15, 2014 on Domain Names Proposal

The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) of ICANN, which consists of over 100 countries, is considering a proposal sponsored by the GAC Sub-Group on Geographic Names to significantly expand the power of GAC to review new gTLD domain name applications in the proposed second round for domain names which may have some geographic significance, whether they are trademarks, generic names, or corporate names.

ANA Urges New York Delegation to Protect Advertising

This morning, ANA sent a letter to all members of the New York delegation to Congress urging them to protect the tax deductibility of advertising.

ANA Joins Other Industry Groups in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief

Today, ANA joined with other industry groups to file an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court.

ANA Files Comments on New ICANN GAC Proposal

ANA has filed comments in opposition to the recent proposal from the ICANN Board to dramatically increase the amount of influence the Government Advisory Committee (GAC) has within ICANN.

Major ICANN Proposal Could Adversely Impact Advertisers

The Government Accountability Committee (GAC) within ICANN has recently proposed a major amendment to its bylaws that would force ICANN to adopt all GAC advice unless two-thirds of ICANN's non-conflicted board members vote to oppose the advice.

TAC Responds to Hearing on Camp’s Tax Plan

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Sides With Broadcasters in Aereo Case

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.

SPAN Coalition Files Comments with FTC and OMB

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.

NTIA Request for Comment on Big Data

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 Joins in Call for Federal Data Breach Legislation

ANA has joined with fifteen other industry groups to call for Congress to pass federal data breach legislation this year

New Online Tracking Guidelines from California’s Attorney General

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 Urge a Global Convention to Fight Obesity

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.

Blumenthal, Harkin Introduce Bill to Limit Ad Deduction for Food Ads Directed to Children

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.

Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards Report

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.”

White House Releases Big Data Study

The White House yesterday released its report on how the use of "big data" affects Americans.

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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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