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Congressional Judiciary Committees’ Republican Members Call for Clarification of FTC Section 5 Authority

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA), along with a number of other Republican members of both committees sent a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on Wednesday, October 23rd in regard to Section 5 of the FTC Act. Section 5 allows the Commission to investigate “unfair and deceptive business practices,” as well as “unfair methods of competition.” The signatories of this letter call on the FTC to publish guidelines for what types of activities would be prohibited by its “unfair methods of competition” power.

ANA will carefully monitor the FTC’s response to this letter and its potential impact on their regulatory efforts.  

If you have questions, please contact Dan Jaffe in our DC office at 202-296-1883 or via email (djaffe@ana.net).

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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