April 26, 2002

Legislative Activity

Date: April 26, 2002

To: >AAF Members

From: Clark Rector- VP State Government Affairs
Jennifer Akridge, Coordinator-Government Affairs

Re: Advertising Threat in Congress

The Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives has set a goal of "marking-up" legislation to provide a prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries before Memorial Day. We need you to write to your Member of Congress today and urge them not to place restrictions on advertising for prescription drugs.

The Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Bill Thomas (R-CA), has told The New York Times that he would like to make it more expensive for consumers to purchase only those prescription drugs that had been advertised, as if the problem is simply the fact that they are advertised and this increases demand for the advertised drugs.

This ignores the many other factors that contribute to increased prescription drug consumption — our rapidly aging population, a sharp change by the medical profession away from recommending surgery and other procedures in favor of using newly developed pharmaceuticals, and new directives from the federal government recommending that millions more Americans take some form of medication to reduce the risk of heart disease. These are but a few of the major factors that contribute far more than advertising to rises in prescription drug use.

Your Member of Congress sits on the Ways and Means Committee. A list of member contact information for each ad club is attached. It is urgent that you call, e-mail or write and urge him or her to oppose any effort to discriminate against advertising. There is nothing in federal law that penalizes consumers by making them pay more for advertised products, and we should not start with prescription drugs.

Click here for two sample letters and an issue brief for your use:
Sample Letter A
Sample Letter B
Issue Brief

Please call or write today! See list of contact information below. If you write you must fax or e-mail your letter because of new mail regulations, and please send a copy to us here at AAF headquarters.

Do not hesitate to call me at 1-800-999-2231 if you have any comments or questions. Thank you for your help with this important advertising issue.

Contact Information

** Indicates this member serves the suburbs, not the city of your ad club.
# Indicates this member serves only a part of your city and/or part of suburbs.

Ad Club of Los Angeles #
Ad Women of Los Angeles #

Xavier Becerra (D)
1119 Longworth
fax: (202) 225-2202
phone: (202) 225-6235

Ad Association of Baltimore
Benjamin Cardin (D)
2267 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225 9219
phone: (202) 225 4016

Ad Fed of Columbus, GA
Mac Collins (R)
1113 Longworth
fax: (202) 225-2515
phone: (202) 225-5901

Pittsburgh Ad Club
William Coyne (D)
2455 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225-1844
phone: (202) 225-2301

Chicago Ad Fed**
Phillip Crane (R)
233 Cannon
fax: (202) 225-7830
(202) 225-3711

Austin Ad Fed
Lloyd Doggett (D)
328 Cannon
fax: (202) 225-3073
phone: (202) 225-4865

Seattle Ad Fed**
Jennifer Dunn (D)
1501 Longworth
fax: (202) 225-8673
phone: (202) 225-7761

Erie Ad Club
Phil English (R)
1410 Longworth
fax: (202) 225-3103
phone: (202) 225-5406

Ad Fed of the Greater Palm Beaches #
Mark Foley (R)
104 Cannon
(202) 225-3132
phone: (202) 225-5792

Ad Club of New Orleans #
William Jefferson (D)
240 Cannon
phone: (202) 225-6636

Atlanta Ad Club
John Lewis (D)
343 Cannon john.lewis@mail.house.gov
fax: (202) 225-0351
phone: (202) 225-3801

Sacramento Ad Club
Robert Matsui (D)
2308 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225-0566
phone: (202) 225-7163

Shreveport-Bossier Ad Fed
Jim McCrery (R)
2104 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225-8039
phone: (202) 225-2777

Advertisers of Dubuque
Jim Nussle (R)
303 Cannon
fax: (202) 225-9129
phone: (202) 225-2911

Seattle Ad Fed
Jim McDermott (D)
1035 Longworth
fax: (202) 225-6197
phone: (202) 225-3106

Ad Club (Albany, NY)
Michael McNulty (D)
2161 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225-5076
phone: (202) 225-5077

Ad Fed of Bismarck-Mandan
Ad Fed of Fargo-Moorhead
Earl Pomeroy (D)
1110 Longworth
fax: (202) 226-0893
phone: (202) 225-2611

Ad Club of Cincinnati**
Rob Portman (R)
238 Cannon
phone: (202) 225-3164

Ad Women of New York #
Charles Rangel (D)
2354 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225-0816
phone: (202) 225-4365

Ad Fed of Greater Ft. Lauderdale #
Ad Fed of the Greater Palm Beaches#
E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R)
2408 Rayburn
fax: (202) 225-8398
phone: (202) 225-3026

West Tennessee Ad Fed
John Tanner (D)
1226 Longworth
fax: (202) 225-1765
phone: (202) 225-4714

Jacksonville Marketing and Advertising Club
Karen Thurman (D)
201 Cannon
fax: (202) 226-0329
phone: (202) 225-1002