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

Member Bulletin: What Agencies Need to Know about the California Consumer Privacy Act

The 4A’s has published guidance for agencies preparing for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which takes effect January 1, 2020, and may require extensive reviews of internal policies, practices, and compliance rules.

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4A’s Joins Advertising Trades to Voice Concerns Over the Illinois Data Transparency and Privacy Act

The 4A’s joins advertising trades to voice concerns over the Data Transparency and Privacy Act in Illinois. 

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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.

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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 Joins With Advertising Trades Expressing Concerns With Proposed Privacy Legislation In Texas That Fails To Distinguish Between Pseudonymized Data And Personally Identifiable Information

The 4A’s joins ad trades in expressing concern over the Texas Consumer Privacy Act and Texas Privacy Protection Act.

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4A’s Joins With Advertising Trades Expressing Concerns With Washington State’s Privacy Legislation That Would Introduce A Private Right Of Action And Eliminate Cure Periods

The 4A’s joins ad trades in expressing concern over Washington state’s Privacy Act.

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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.

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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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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.

Marketing Dive: 7 trends set to shape marketing in 2019

Marketing & Communications

The next 12 months will see major pieces fall into place, with heavier investments in data and e-commerce and marketers turning to in-house teams for purposeful creative that packs a punch. Originally published in Marketing Dive, January 7, 2019 by Peter Adams, Marketing Dive Following a number of big announcements for the marketing industry in the second half […]

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.

How Bipartisanship Could Affect The Advertising Industry Following Midterms

Marketing & Communications

Op-ed by Dick O’Brien, EVP–Government Relations, and Alison Pepper, SVP–Government Relations, at 4A’s. Originally published in ADWEEK, November 21, 2018.   As the dust settles on the 2018 midterm elections, a few things have come into focus. One is that while this was maybe not a fully blue wave (depends on which historical perspective you use […]

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

Government Relations

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.

DAA Leads New Effort To Increase Transparency In Political Advertising

Government Relations

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.

Kavanaugh and Commercial Speech

Government Relations

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.

ICC Advertising and Marketing Communications Code 2018

Research Services

The International Chamber of Commerce’s Advertising and Marketing Communications Code is a global self-regulatory framework that seeks to identify the do’s and don’ts for responsible marketing. The code gives best practices to follow to ensure legal, honest, decent and truthful communications.

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.”

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?”