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108th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2416 To ensure that advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government are unbiased, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES May 13, 2004 Mr. Nelson of Florida introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To ensure that advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government are unbiased, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Federal Advertising Reform Act of 2004''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) a February 2004 Congressional Research Service report states that the advertising industry estimates the Federal Government spends over $1,000,000,000 each year on advertising; (2) under the rules and regulations that apply to the Federal Government and advertising campaigns run by the Federal Government; (3) there are few restrictions on advertising by the Federal Government; and (4) currently, there is no single agency charged with investigating and overseeing advertising expenditures by Federal agencies. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this Act are to-- (1) ensure that advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government are not false or deceptive, do not contain a political message, and are not considered publicity or propaganda; (2) highlight the lack of oversight and evaluation of advertising campaigns paid for by the Federal Government; and (3) ensure that advertising campaigns in excess of $10,000,000 per year are evaluated and approved by an independent entity such as the General Accounting Office. SEC. 3. LIMITATION ON ADVERTISING EXPENDITURES. (a) In General.--In any fiscal year, if the amounts appropriated to an agency exceed $10,000,000 to prepare or produce print, radio, or television advertising campaigns, as well as video news releases, uses of outdoor media, and Internet advertisements on websites not operated by the Federal Government, those amounts shall not be expended by the agency unless-- (1) any proposed advertisement is submitted to the Comptroller General of the United States for review; and (2) the Comptroller General determines that the proposed advertisement does not contain a political message, and is not false, misleading, or deceptive. (b) Definitions.--In this section: (1) Agency.--The term ``agency'' shall have the same meaning as in section 105 of title 5, United States Code. (2) False, misleading, or deceptive.--The term ``false, misleading, or deceptive'' shall have the same meaning as that term is defined under the rules and regulations promulgated by the Federal Trade Commission. <all>
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