It is finally official. For the first time since 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is completely filled out. On behalf of ERA and the direct response community, please join in welcoming the new Commissioners into office. We wish you great success in your roles to ensure the consumer protection mandate of the Commission.Newly sworn in Chairman Joseph Simons (R) will be joined by Noah Phillips (R), Rebecca Slaughter (D) and Rohit Chopra (D).
That is a big deal for anyone in the direct response industry. These new Commissioners will be with us for a long time. What policy positions will they champion? What will the new enforcement priorities be?
Time will tell.
At ERA’s upcoming Government Affairs Fly-In on May 23rd, we will be joined by a who’s who of experts from the FTC and the industry to explore the road ahead. I hope you can join us.
Without a doubt, this is a pivotal moment for consumer protection.
If you are unable to make it — stay tuned to the ERA Blog. We plan to aggressively advocate on your behalf and will continue to report on developments as warranted.
The bottom line is that the FTC is under new leadership and you should really pay attention to developments. Until things settle down to a new normal state, we will not be able to assess what danger might lurk ahead.
Until then, please, again, join me in congratulating our new Commissioners. I am very excited about getting to work with this new leadership team!
About the Author
Bill McClellan serves as ERA's Vice President of Government Affairs. Prior to joining the association, Bill worked as a lobbyist at the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association, covering the state legislature and Georgia's congressional delegation. Before working for the GADA, Bill managed political campaigns at both the congressional and state constitutional levels.