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Consumer Groups Claim That CarMax's Ads Are Deceptive

Urge F.T.C. to investigate

A coalition of 11 consumer groups is calling on the Federal Trade Commision to investigate CarMax for using deceptive advertising, writes Chistopher Jensen for The New York Times. The groups claim that…

FTC Chair Edith Ramirez Fights for Data Security and Privacy Rights

Consumers come first

One year into her tenure as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez is putting the agency front and center as the nation’s leading enforcer on privacy and data…

'MiniAbe' Explores More of Illinois, and Couldn't Be More Whoa-ed

JWT brings back the wee emancipator

If you were a miniature version of Abraham Lincoln, you'd be super excited about modern Illinois, according to the state's tourism campaign, which has brought back MiniAbe for another round…

Obamacare Ads Enlist Your Mother

Your Mom Cares campaign hit YouTube this morning

We've seen the president on Between Two Ferns, we've seen Billy Eichner quiz Olivia Wilde on the subject of "Obamacare or shut up," and now we have your mother, who is…

Starbucks' End-the-Shutdown Petition Spans Social, Mobile and Print

Other brands jump into fight over government funding

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz doesn't exactly shy away from politics, and he's gone all-in today on affecting the national debate about the federal government shutdown. The coffee retail exec appears…

Obamacare Provider's $1.2M Effort Focuses on Social and Local Ads

Health Republic of New York unleashes promotional blitz

The federal government may be shut down for the time being, but insurance providers planning to utilize Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces aren't waiting to promote what they offer. For instance,…

Mayoral Hopeful Makes Ad Soaking Wet in His Underwear, Swears Off Strip Clubs

Kookiest political spot ever?

Man, who woulda thunk Midwestern municipal politics could make Anthony Weiner's campaign antics look boring? But Minneapolis mayoral candidate Jeff Wagner has pulled it off, emerging from a lake dressed…

The Hill Most Followed Twitter Account by Congress

Newspaper closely followed by Politico

With an assist from the tweet crunchers at Twiangulate, New York magazine reported this week that The Hill newspaper is the most-followed Twitter account by members of Congress.  The Capitol Hill publication,…

A Creative Agency That Applies Political Tactics to Brands

Former political election consultants

Specs Who Front, l.-r.: partners Rebecca Matovic, Kate Rothen; chief creative officer and partner Bobby Hershfield. Rear, l.-r.: founding partners Rob Shepardson, Lenny Stern, Mark Kaminsky; partner and president Bradley Kay What…

Confessions of a Patent Troll

CopyTele CEO Robert Berman speaks

It seems like everyone in Washington, D.C.—from President Obama to a growing number of lawmakers—loves to hate patent trolls, those who aggressively snap up patents, then sue unsuspecting companies to…

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