Sharpton's Group Seeks Ad Contract Split

WASHINGTON–The Rev. Al Sharpton’s Madison Avenue Initiative wants the federal government to issue separate advertising contracts to minority-owned firms instead of awarding business directly to one large agency, group officials said at a meeting here on Tuesday.

The group, fearful that the momentum started with former President Bill Clinton’s executive order demanding that federal ad contracts fairly represent minority agencies will die in a Bush administration, plans to make large government contracts a priority this year.

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