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.

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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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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

Government Relations

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 |

Government Relations

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.

FTC Issues a $2 Million Reminder to Ad Agencies

Management Services

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz examines the FTC and State of Maine’s announcement of a $2 million dollar settlement with ad agency Marketing Architects, Inc. for deceptive weight-loss claims and what it means for ad agencies.

“Is President Trump Good for the Advertising Business?” |

Government Relations

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 

Government Relations

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. 

FTC Updates Endorsement Guide FAQs and Settles First-Ever Action Against Individual “Influencers”

Management Services

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein+Selz provides updates on the FTC’s guidance for social media endorsements.

The FTC’s Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking |

Research Services

This guide from the Federal Trade Commission answers many of the questions ad ad agencies are asking about the FTC’s Endorsement Guides.

Webinar: The New FTC Guidelines You Need to Know

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Influencer Marketing has become a central focus of marketing strategies and budgets for 2017. In this complimentary webinar you’ll learn quick, how-to information for launching an influencer marketing campaign the right way and the important FTC guidelines brands must follow.

Senate Kills Off FCC Privacy Regulations

Third Party Content

The US Senate on Thursday voted down Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations that would have required internet service providers to get users to consent to be targeted by advertisers.

Ad Groups Back Repeal of Near-Dead FCC Privacy Rules

Third Party Content

Six ad industry trade groups back recent congressional resolutions aimed at repealing the FCC rules.

DOL Overtime Pay Rules Implementation-Your Agency May Now Have Options

Management Services

A federal judge in Texas has issued a temporary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing new overtime pay rules that have been scheduled for December 1, 2016 implementation.