Industry Advocacy & Government Relations

Protecting the Advertising and Marketing Industry's Ability to Do Business

The 4A’s Washington, DC office advocates on behalf of the advertising agency community on all issues that could affect agencies, from overtime rule changes from the Department of Labor to proposals from the House Ways & Means Committee to remove full deductibility of advertising as a necessary business expense.

As the debates over privacy and data security rage on both Capitol Hill and in the states, the 4A’s Washington, D.C. office is working to preserve the ability of advertisers and marketers to continue to use data in a sound, responsible manner that supports both consumer privacy and continued innovation in our industry.

With the ongoing hunt for revenue by Treasury, the 4A’s D.C. office is also committed to working to preserve the full deductibility of pharmaceutical advertising in 2019 and beyond.

Learn about the 4A’s Government Relations Committee.

Contact us at GR@4As.org to learn about the services we offer 4A’s members and more about our work for the advertising and marketing industry at large.

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Government Relations News

New “Privacy for America” Coalition Calls for Strong Data Privacy Protections for All Americans

Top policy experts and trade organizations today launched the new “Privacy for America” coalition, which will work with Congress to support enactment of groundbreaking comprehensive federal consumer data privacy and security legislation.

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4A’s Presents Concerns with California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Alison Pepper, SVP, 4A’s Government Relations, delivered a statement at the California Attorney General’s hearing in Fresno, regarding member agencies’ concerns about the California Consumer Privacy Act. Issues include consent, the use of publicly available data, and the conflation of pseudonymized data and personal information.

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4A’s Comments on “Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy”

Read the two sets of comments the 4A’s submitted in response to the request for public comments on “Developing the Administration’s Approach to Consumer Privacy,” a September 26 notice by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

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DAA Leads New Effort To Increase Transparency In Political Advertising

The 4A’s, working via its Board membership in the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), help drive a self-regulatory solution to increase transparency in political advertising.

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Kavanaugh and Commercial Speech

Learn what the advertising and marketing community can expect to see from our newest Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the topic of commercial speech. While his record of opinions is not extensive enough to draw a clear conclusion, it does suggest that Justice Kavanaugh will be inclined to side with the government, but not to extremes.

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

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 the economy, evolving business practices, new technologies, or international developments might require adjustments to competition and consumer protection, enforcement law, enforcement priorities and policy.”

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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?”

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An Open Letter from the Digital Advertising Community

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.

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California Passes Nation’s Strictest Privacy Law

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.

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Content Related to Regulation

4A’s Joins Advertising Trades To Oppose An Opt-In Requirement for the CCPA Versus The Current Opt-Out Requirement

The 4A’s and other advertising trade groups oppose overarching opt-in consent requirements in the CCPA. Read the comments now.

New “Privacy for America” Coalition Calls for Strong Data Privacy Protections for All Americans

Government Relations

Top policy experts and trade organizations today launched the new “Privacy for America” coalition, which will work with Congress to support enactment of groundbreaking comprehensive federal consumer data privacy and security legislation.

4A’s Joins Advertising Trades To Oppose An Expanded CCPA Private Right Of Action That Would Include All Violations Of The CCPA, Not Just Data Breach

Read the comments the 4A’s and other advertising trade groups submitted regarding an opposition to an expanded CCPA Private Right of Action.

4A’s Presents Concerns with California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Government Relations

Alison Pepper, SVP, 4A’s Government Relations, delivered a statement at the California Attorney General’s hearing in Fresno, regarding member agencies’ concerns about the California Consumer Privacy Act. Issues include consent, the use of publicly available data, and the conflation of pseudonymized data and personal information.

As More States Legalize Marijuana, Advertising and Marketing Regulations Come Into Focus

Davis & Gilbert discuss the latest rules California has set in regulating the advertising, promotion, and marketing of recreational marijuana, and how these rules could impact other states.

California Employment Law Changes You Need to Know

Management Services

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz provides a handy summary of the legislative changes affecting hiring practices, employment agreements, employee classification, training, and more in California.

Employment Laws NY Employers Need to Know in 2019

Management Services

New York employers may still be reeling from all of the employment law changes in 2018. Moses & Singer discusses ten important changes in the law employers want to make sure they are implementing in 2019.

4A’s Files Comments On Drug Pricing Transparency

Marketing & Communications

The 4A’s filed comments in December on proposed regulations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) that would require all TV advertisements featuring prescription drugs and biological products to include the list price.

FTC Brings Action Against PR Agency and Publisher for Misleading Online Endorsements and Deceptively Formatted Advertising

Davis & Gilbert discuss the FTC’s settlement with a public relations agency and its CEO, as well as a magazine publisher and its sole owner, alleging claims that they misrepresented paid endorsements as independent consumer opinions and commercial advertising as independent journalistic content.

1-800 Contacts Unlawfully Restricted Competitors’ Trademark Use in Search Engine Marketing

Davis & Gilbert highlights the FTC’s recent decision that agreements reached by 1-800 Contacts, Inc. with a number of its competitors unlawfully restricted the competitors’ ability to engage in search engine marketing, to the detriment of both consumers and search engines.