Advocacy

02 Jun

Performance Marketing Association Sues Over Affiliate Nexus Law

On Wednesday, June 1, the Performance Marketing Association, a trade association of online affiliates and large online retailers — including Amazon.com — filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Illinois’ affiliate nexus law.

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02 Jun

Sales Tax Fairness: Two States Move Forward, Two Step Back

While California and Louisiana moved sales tax fairness bills forward this week, Texas and South Carolina blinked in their showdowns with Amazon.com.

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31 May

Congress Fails to Protect Reader Privacy

ABA and other members of the Campaign for Reader Privacy expressed disappointment at last week’s decision by Congress to reauthorize expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act without restoring safeguards to protect the privacy of bookstore and library records.

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25 May

ABFFE’s Finan Receives Freedom to Read Foundation Award

Chris Finan, president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, long-time member of the Media Coalition, and member and chair of the Board of the National Coalition Against Censorship, has been named the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2011 Freedom to Read Foundation  Roll of Honor Award.

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19 May

Sales Tax Fairness Campaign Heats Up in South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas

The campaign for sales tax fairness has heated up in key states where Amazon.com has or is planning to open warehouse or distribution facilities.

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19 May

ABA Joins Groups Opposing Roll Back of Swipe Fee Reforms

ABA has joined with eight organizations, including the Main Street Alliance and the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, in asking Congressional leadership to oppose any attempt to delay swipe fee reform, which is set to take effect in July.

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19 May

ABA Urges Calls to House on Patriot Act

ABA is urging booksellers to immediately contact members of the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose a bill that extends provisions of the USA Patriot Act for six years without restoring safeguards to protect the privacy of bookstore and library records.

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12 May

ABA Leadership Meets With 14 Trade Publishers

From May 2 to May 4, ABA President Michael Tucker and President-elect Becky Anderson, together with association CEO Oren Teicher and COO Len Vlahos, met with 14 publishers in New York City.

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12 May

Attempt to Repeal E-Fairness in Colorado Fails; Texas Senate Committee Passes Bill

Sales tax fairness successes continued this week as an attempt to repeal a sales tax fairness law in Colorado failed and the Texas Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed sales tax fairness legislation.

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12 May

ABA CEO to Take Part in National Hardware Show

As part of ABA’s continuing commitment to fostering relationships among independent businesses of all kinds, CEO Oren Teicher will be part of a panel discussion during Independent’s Day at the National Hardware Show on Thursday, May 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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05 May

ABA Urges South Carolina to Level Playing Field

This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher called on South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to support efforts to clarify existing tax laws to require companies with broad networks of online affiliates to collect and remit sales tax to the state.

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05 May

Pennsylvania Holds Hearing on Sales Tax Fairness

On Wednesday, May 4, the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on sales tax fairness. Committee members heard testimony from both opponents and supporters of efforts to ensure that all retailers collect sales tax for online sales.

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05 May

Sales Tax Fairness Victory in Connecticut

On Wednesday, May 4,  Connecticut Gov. Dannell Malloy signed a state budget into law that includes an affiliate nexus provision requiring remote retailers with broad networks of online affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax.

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03 May

BEA Events Spotlight Free Speech Rights of Kids

Attacks on the free speech rights of children will be the focus of two events on Wednesday, May 25, at BEA. At the first, authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Robie Harris will join librarian Pat Scales for “Book Banning 2011: A Report From the Front Lines of the Battle for Free Speech,” moderated by Joan Bertin of the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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28 Apr

South Carolina House Votes Down Amazon Sales Tax Exemption

Independent bookstores and other bricks-and-mortar retailers scored a victory yesterday when the South Carolina House of Representatives defeated an amendment to H3488 that would have given Amazon.com a special sales tax exemption.

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