Muncie, IN—Allison Robbins Chairman of the AAF Council of Governors recently attended the AAF Advocacy & Action: Advertising Day on the Hill in Washington DC. Allison represented not only the Council but the AAF East Central Indiana club. She is currently the government relations chair. While in Washington Allison meet with Congressman Luke Messer and meet with the offices of Senators Dan Coates and Joe Donnelly to discuss how advertising creates jobs in Indiana along with keeping advertising as a deductible expense for businesses. Throughout Indiana alone advertising creates sales and jobs by generating $110.8 billion of Indiana’s economic activity and producing 15.1% of jobs in the state.

At Advertising Day on the Hill Allison Robbins was joined by over 50 AAF members that represented 12 of the 15 Districts.  The American Advertising Federation mission is to protect and promote the well-being of advertising. AAF accomplishes this through a unique, nationally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, local advertising clubs and college chapters.

The event gave attendees an opportunity to spend the morning being briefed on the issues by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Rep. Pat Tiberi Chairman of the House of Representatives Revenue Subcommittee, Rep. Lee Terry and other leading policymakers and influencers. “The makeup of the audience alone demonstrated that advertising is an industry that exists in every market across the country, and that AAF grassroots members have a passion to represent their industry,” said Executive Vice President-Government Affairs, Clark Rector.

 Attendees spent the afternoon visiting with their Senators, Representatives and staff to advocate on behalf of the advertising industry.  Attendees “explained the vital role advertising plays in the U.S. economy and presenting compelling economic data demonstrating the thousands of jobs supported by advertising in every Congressional district,” said Rector.

The day ended with a gala reception in the U.S. Capitol Building, bringing together conference attendees with lawmakers and their staffs in an informal social setting leaving a memorable message about the power and passion of the AAF community.