FTC Announces Plans to Hold Hearings On Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

FTC Announces Plans to Hold A Series Of Hearings On “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century” In late June the FTC announced plans to hold a series of hearings examining competition and consumer protection in the 21st Century. The Commission has indicated that the hearings will seek to discover “whether broad-based changes in […]

4A’s, AAF, ANA and ARF Respond to U.S. Census Citizenship Question in Joint Statement

In a joint statement, the CEO’s of ANA, ARF, 4A’s and AAF expressed their opposition to a new question in the 2020 U.S. census that asks “is this person a citizen of the United States?”

An Open Letter from the Digital Advertising Community

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Apple recently announced a new set of changes to the default settings for its Safari browser that will further damage the consumer experience online and undercut the economic model that provides popular ad-supported content and services to millions of Americans. Here’s an open letter from 4A’s, AAF, ANA, IAB and NAI.

California Passes Nation’s Strictest Privacy Law

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Following in the wake of the recent GDPR compliance deadline, California has now passed the nation’s strictest privacy law. On June 28th the California Legislature passed AB 375, or the “California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.” Our 4A’s Washington, D.C. office has been working closely with our partners and allies to determine next steps.

“Is President Trump Good for the Advertising Business?”

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Please join Dick O’Brien, Executive Vice President, Director of Government Relations, at a 4A’s Town Hall from 12-12:45PM EST on Thursday, February 1st. Learn how the government had a major impact last year on such agency fundamentals as the cost of advertising, the accessibility of data for media targeting, the required level of overtime pay for employees, and the cost of employee health insurance.

News Regarding Ad Tax Deductibility 

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At the start of 2017, the new administration and Congress set tax reform as one of their highest priorities. As work on that began in earnest, it became clear that the reduction in the full deductibility of advertising was once again in play. The 4A’s, in concert with other advertising groups, launched a massive effort of congressional contact, both in Washington and at the grassroots level across states and congressional districts, to blunt this attempt to limit full deductibility. 

What the Election Results Mean for Advertising

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In this Member Bulletin, Dick O’Brien and Peter Kosmala of the 4A’s Washington bureau provide an overview of how the election may impact our industry and discuss the 4A’s next steps.

Members Honored at Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters Event

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Three 4A’s members honored by National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters.

How the 4A’s is Tackling the Overtime Issue in Washington

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Wage inequality and workers’ rights are themes you will hear often on the Presidential campaign trail this year. Even President Obama has made regulatory enforcement of labor policy a focus of his final term. The most vivid example is a new regulation about compensation that soon will go into force, without any public debate, Congressional hearings or […]

4A’s Guidance: Safe Sleep Advertising

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The 4A’s, in partnership with Cribs for Kids and First Candle, formerly the National SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Foundation, is providing guidelines to its member agencies on how to responsibly portray sleeping babies in advertising.

Impact of Election Results on 4A's Members

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Yesterday’s election results were more dramatic than expected, as the public’s dismay with Washington prompted a shake-up that puts Republicans in firm control of the Senate and the House.

4A’s/ANA New Joint Initiative to Collect & Share Marketing-Related Patent Assertion Information

The 4A’s/ANA Patent Assertion Information Aggregation and Dissemination Program (PAID) is a platform to collect patent assertion information related to patent assertions against association members. This program provides association members with a strategic advantage in monitoring and assessing patent assertion demands by Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs).