American Society of Magazine Editors

MPA is Your Advocate in Washington

MPA's Washington office carries out a comprehensive governmental affairs program to promote and protect the interests of the magazine publishing industry in the nation's capital and the 50 states. It does so by direct lobbying efforts, legal and regulatory advocacy, by participating in coalitions of like-minded interest groups, and through special arrangements in state capitals.

The Washington staff, composed of experienced governmental affairs, legislative, regulatory, and economic specialists, is augmented by outside counsel and consultants. The office works closely with MPA's member companies and with associations representing various media and advertising interests.

The Office publishes a Washington E-newsletter to keep members regularly informed of government affairs activities, as well as maintaining a watchful eye over ongoing legislation relevant to the magazine industry - including Advertising, Consumer Protection, Environmental, Intellectual Property, First Amendment, Postal, and Tax policy.

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Magazine Media Response to PRC Proposal
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FCC Chairman Circulates Draft Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

Today, Chairman Tom Wheeler of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulated a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would apply privacy requirements under the Communications Act to internet service providers (ISP). The full FCC Commission will debate and vote on the draft proposal on March 31.

Dateline DC Newsletter - June 18, 2014

In this issue: Frustrated with a reticence among House leadership to consider the comprehensive postal reform legislation his committee reported in 2013, Congressman Darrell Issa continues to try to find a way forward on postal reform.

MPA Washington Newsletter - May 3, 2013

In this issue: Highlights from MPA Washington Day 2013; USPS Plans for August Move to 5-Day Delivery Quashed – For Now; Postal Reform Gets New Look in 2013; Copyright Hearing Rallies House of Representatives Call for Updates to U.S. Copyright Law; Call for Nationwide Internet Sales Tax Picks up Speed in Congress; States Look to Magazine Media and Advertising Industries for Tax Revenue; Several States Active on Magazine Media Subscription and Negative Option Bills; Federal Trade Commission Issues Two Consumer Protection Reports Focused on Disclosures in the Digital Space...

MPA Washington Newsletter – February 25, 2013

In this issue: USPS Surprises with Unilateral Five-Day Delivery Announcement; Senate Holds Hearing on Postal Crisis; MPA Helps Strike First Amendment Chilling Provision from Senate Intelligence Bill; Federal Trade Commission Issues Revamped Final COPPA Rules; Addresses MPA Concerns; State Efforts to Regulate Marketing Techniques & Eliminate Magazine Subscription Tax Exemptions Get an Early Start...