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Government Affairs

The Newspaper Association of America serves as a powerful collective voice in Washington, representing the interests of the newspapers and their online properties before all levels of government. NAA advocates for policies that help newspapers to remain competitive, and to continue to provide the high-quality public service journalism that is so critical to a functioning democracy. 

Key Issues

Preserving the Deduction for Advertising Expenses

Advertising is a cost of doing business, similar to other business expenses such as utility costs, rents, and office supplies. Thus, advertising expenses are fully deductible under the Internal Revenue Code. From time to time, some in Congress have sought to limit or eliminate this deduction to raise revenue or pay for a new federal program.

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Consumer Privacy Bills Could Impact Digital Operations

Both the House and Senate have pledged to consider consumer privacy legislation during the 112th Congress. Several bills have been introduced in both chambers that would regulate the collection and use of consumer data for marketing and other purposes. The current focus, particularly in the House Energy & Commerce Committee, is on data security and breach notification.

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Newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service

The relationship between newspapers and the post office is as old as the nation. Indeed, the first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin, was a newspaper publisher. Today, newspapers continue to rely on the U.S. Postal Service for distribution of many of its products. Newspapers today are among the leading local users of postal services across all classes of mail.

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Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act

As businesses sell more and more goods and services to consumers through digital platforms, it is imperative that the tax treatment of those goods and services be consistent and fair. In short, consumers should be protected from having to pay duplicative state taxes. Legislation that would provide consumers with the protection from duplicative taxes has been introduced in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives.

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NAA Supports a Federal Shield Law

NAA advocates before the executive and legislative branches on First Amendment and open government issues in support of newspapers’ newsgathering activities. A top priority is the enactment of a federal shield law that would enable journalists to protect confidential sources when subpoenaed in criminal and civil cases. Such a law would protect the free flow of information and the public’s right to know.

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