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Global Insight Study Demonstrates Economic Benefit of Advertising

The Advertising Coalition, of which ANA is a founding member, recently updated an important study that demonstrates the economic benefit of the advertising industry.

FTC Asks for Comment on Revised Green Guides

On October 6, the FTC released its long-anticipated revisions to its Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Major Marketing / Media Trade Groups Launch Program To Give Consumers Enhanced Control Over Collection And Use Of Web Viewing Data For Online Behavioral Advertising

A group of the nation's largest media and marketing trade associations, with support from the Council of Better Business Bureaus, today announced the details of a self-regulatory program that will give consumers enhanced control over the collection and use of data regarding their Web viewing for online behavioral advertising purposes.

Senate Passes CALM Act

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or the CALM Act, passed the Senate yesterday under unanimous consent.

ANA Asks Supreme Court to Review Restrictions on Alcohol Beverage Ads

ANA, joined by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF), has filed a brief calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case involving restrictions on alcohol beverage advertising in university publications.

ANA Joins Broad Media Coalition in Opposition to Video Game Law

ANA and a broad coalition of media and entertainment groups have argued that a California law regulating the sale of violent video games should be struck down because it violates the First Amendment.

Hearing Thursday on New Consumer Privacy Bill

Congressman Bobby Rush, the Chairman of the Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced a new consumer privacy bill that would regulate the collection and use of information in both the online and offline environment.

Senate Passes Wall Street Reform Conference Report

The Senate has just passed the conference report for H.R.4173, the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” by a vote of 60 to 39. The House passed the conference report on June 30th so the bill will be signed by President Obama in the next few days. The legislation will create a powerful new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to be housed at the Federal Reserve

ANA Files Comments in FDA Rulemaking on TV and Radio Ads

ANA, as part of The Advertising Coalition, has filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the "major statement" in television and radio ads for prescription drugs.

New FTC Enforcement Powers Not Included in Wall Street Reform Bill

Senate and House conferees have approved the final version of the Wall Street reform legislation. That bill does not include the sweeping new enforcement powers for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that were included in the House version.

Progress on FTC Enforcement Provisions in Wall Street Reform Conference

The marketing and media community has made substantial progress on defeating the broad expansion of FTC powers that is included in the House version of the Wall Street reform bill.

ANA Joins Industry Comments to Department of Commerce on Self-Regulation

ANA, along with the 4A's, DMA and IAB, have submitted comments to the Department of Commerce in response to its Notice of Inquiry (NOI) seeking comment on the impact of privacy laws, both in the United States and internationally, on innovation in the Internet economy and whether these laws are serving the consumer interest.

Contact Conferees Now on Enhanced Powers for FTC

It is absolutely critical that marketers immediately contact conferees on the Wall Street reform legislation to express your opposition to the sweeping new regulatory powers that are given to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the House version of this bill.

House Names Conferees for Financial Reform Bill Conference

Both the House and the Senate have now named conferees for the financial reform legislation conference. The legislation being considered would greatly expand the regulatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the entire business community.

ANA Files Comments on Boucher/Stearns Draft Privacy Bill

ANA has filed comments with Congressman Rick Boucher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Congressman Cliff Stearns, the Ranking Member of that subcommittee, on the draft privacy bill they released last month.

Senate Names Conferees for Financial Reform Bill Conference

The Senate has named conferees for the financial reform legislation conference. The House version of this legislation contains provisions that would greatly expand the regulatory authority of the FTC over almost every segment of the economy.

Senate Passes Financial Reform Bill

The Senate passed the financial reform bill yesterday on a vote of 59-39. The House version of this legislation contains provisions that would dramatically enhance the FTC's authority.

ANA Writes to Blue Dog Democrats Urging Caucus to Oppose New Powers for FTC

ANA wrote to the Blue Dog Democratic Caucus urging them to reject proposed changes to the regulatory and enforcement powers of the FTC. We urge our members to reach out to the House Leadership and House Blue Dogs as well to help defeat these proposals.

Senate Passes Rockefeller Amendment to Financial Reform Bill

The Senate has passed the Rockefeller/Hutchison amendment to S. 3217, the financial reform legislation. The amendment would restore the FTC’s authority over the regulation of financial products and services rather than placing it solely in a new Consumer Financial Protection Board.

Presidential Task Force Releases Report on Childhood Obesity

The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity has issued its Report to the President on “Solving the Problem of Childhood Obesity Within a Generation.”

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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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