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ANA Applauds Representatives Goodlatte and Berman for Urging Department of Commerce to Halt ICANN Domain Expansion Plan

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA), the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised two Congressmen, Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, and Howard Berman, Ranking Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, for sending an unequivocal letter to John Bryson, Secretary, Department of Commerce. The Goodlatte-Berman letter urges the DOC to take all steps necessary to encourage ICANN to undertake further evaluation and review before expanding the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under ICANN's plan, set to begin January 12, 2012.

ANA Applauds Strong Letter from FTC to ICANN Citing Major Concerns About Top-level Domain Expansion Program

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) , the leader of the 160-member Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight (CRIDO), today praised the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for sending a detailed, 15-page letter to ICANN’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Stephen D. Crocker, and its President and CEO, Rod Beckstrom, expressing major concerns regarding ICANN’s plan to greatly expand generic top-level domains (gTLDs), starting January 12, 2012. The letter specifically highlights “the potential for significant consumer harm resulting from the unprecedented increase in gTLDs.”

ANA Testifies at House Hearing on IWG Proposal

ANA testified at a hearing on Wednesday before two Subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the food marketing proposal of the Interagency Working Group (IWG).

IWG Hints at “Significant Changes” to Food Ad Guidelines in Letter to Chairman Upton

The Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission have sent a letter to Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee addressing his recent letter in regard to the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children.

ANA Argues that FDA’s Graphic Warnings Rule For Tobacco Products Violates the First Amendment

ANA has filed a “friend of the court” brief in opposition to a series of graphic warnings required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on all tobacco products and advertising.

Support Billboard Reform Law in Missouri General Assembly

If your company uses outdoor advertising in the State of Missouri to reach consumers, we urge you to contact members of the Missouri General Assembly in support of reasonable reform of the laws regulating billboards.

Update on Opposition to ICANN's Introduction of New Top Level Domains (TLDs)

ANA Files Comments with FTC on Dot Com Guidance

ANA, along with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding its Dot Com Disclosures business guidance publication.

Important ANA Action in Regard to GTLDs and ICANN

ANA has written to the President of ICANN and the United States Department of Commerce expressing our concern with ICANN’s recent approval of a program that will vastly expand the availability of Generic Top Level Domain Names (GTLDs).

ANA Files Comments with FTC on IWG Guidelines

On July 14, ANA filed comments with the FTC in regard to the Interagency Working Group (IWG) report on food marketing to children.

Important New Data Clearly Show Impact of Proposed IWG Guidelines on Fragile Economic Recovery

The Sensible Food Policy Coalition, which represents advertisers, media and food and beverage marketers, has released important data showing how the guidelines for advertising proposed by the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Food Marketed to Children would impact the U.S. economy.

ANA Files Comments With FDA

The Advertising Coalition (TAC), of which ANA is a founding member, filed comments on Monday with the FDA on its Notice on online drug promotion, including the use of social media to market prescription drugs.

Marketing Community Wins Second Major Victory in U.S. Supreme Court

In the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, the Supreme Court has struck down a California law that restricted the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, holding that the law violates the First Amendment.

Marketing Community Wins Major Victory in U.S. Supreme Court Decision

The marketing community has won a major victory in a U.S. Supreme Court decision involving data mining.

New Generic Top Level Domains Will Launch January 12

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced on Monday that it has approved the plan for unlimited new gTLDs, and that ICANN will be taking applications from January 12 to April 12, 2012. What will this mean for your brands?

FTC to Update Guidance on Disclosures in Online Advertising

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is planning to update a publication entitled: “Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising.”

Dan Jaffe statement at the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Public Forum

Dan Jaffe, ANA’s Executive Vice President, Government Relations, gave an oral statement, posted below, at the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children Public Forum. The IWG, made up of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), released proposed guidelines on food marketing to children on April 28, 2011.

California Senate Committee Passes Broad Online Privacy Bill

The Judiciary Committee of the California State Senate on May 3rd passed SB761, legislation that would broadly regulate all online data collection and impose a “do not track” regulatory regime for online behavioral advertising.

Hearing Next Week on Do Not Track Bill in California State Senate

The Judiciary Committee of the California State Senate will hold a hearing on Tuesday, May 3rd at 1:30 pm on SB761, legislation to impose a “do not track” regulatory regime for online behavioral advertising.

Major Proposal from Interagency Working Group Calls for Voluntary Restrictions on Food Marketing to Children

The Interagency Working Group has released its recommendations for food marketing to children.

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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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