The major party presidential campaign platforms for 2016 reflect some of the concerns of the survey, opinion and marketing research profession.
Some of the most notable successes of our advocacy for the research profession
July 29, 2016
June 30, 2016
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)'s industry best practices for protecting consumer privacy in facial recognition technology will advance privacy safeguards while also carving out most research and analytics uses of the technology.
April 24, 2014
MRA and AAPC helped to draft and pass legislation fixing a New Hampshire law that had curtailed bona fide polling in the Granite State.
March 12, 2014
MRA and our coalition allies convinced a House Committee not to bring up legislation that would hurt the American Community Survey (ACS) by making response voluntary.
March 1, 2013
Thanks to help from MRA volunteer Vera Cooley, the Washington State House Committee on Finance amended legislation before passage, preventing a detrimental impact on the use of respondent incentives in survey, opinion and marketing research. The bill would have created the presumption that anyone receiving payment for services is an employee.
February 24, 2013
FTC resists dramatically expanding enforcement order against marketing research company for privacy and data security violations
In finalizing the Compete, Inc. settlement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to have accepted points made by MRA and rejected activist proposals to turn the order into a bad precedent against the research profession.
February 14, 2013
Merrimack County Superior Court dismisses a case of purported violation of New Hampshire's "push poll" law after accepting an MRA-AAPC amicus brief.
February 2, 2013
The final Sunshine Act rules explicitly carved out marketing research incentives for physician respondents. CASRO filed comments and MRA lobbied via contacts in Congress. The result caps a 5-year MRA campaign.
June 11, 2012
Legislation Introduced to Protect Marketing Research Companies from Unfair U.S. Labor Department Actions
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-03) introduces The Research Fairness Act (H.R. 5915) to clarify in federal labor law that research respondents receiving incentives are not employees. A joint MRA effort with the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA).
February 15, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) makes TCPA autodialer-cellphone restrictions tougher for telemarketers, but shields survey, opinion and marketing research at MRA’s request.
August 12, 2011
MRA's cooperative lobbying efforts with the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) bore fruit, helping to kill a bill that would have inserted bias into political research calls and another that would have forbidden automated telephone research calls.
July 21, 2011
Amendments promoted by MRA, and accepted by the House Commerce Subcommittee, set the standard that the FTC should not be given unfettered authority to expand the definition of "personal information" in data security legislation. That same standard was later adopted by the Senate Commerce Committee in their data security legislation, as requested by MRA.
July 14, 2011
MRA convinced a House Republican to withdraw his amendment which would have reduced Census Bureau funding.
July 8, 2011
Maine's Governor signed a bill into law repealing Maine's pharmaceutical reporting law, whose implementing regulations had prevented most pharmaceutical marketing research with Maine physicians. MRA had testified in favor of repeal.
March 4, 2011
MRA convinced a state legislator to exempt respondent incentives for marketing research from his legislation, which would have banned most payments from pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to health care professionals.
October 22, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed with MRA on the need to keep respondent data and possible proprietary and trade secret information on research processes confidential, as part of a government investigation of a tobacco company.
July 15, 2010
Research Industry Self-Regulation Supported By Preventing Dramatic Expansion of FTC Power and Authority
MRA helped to remove provisions from the Dodd Frank financial regulation law that would have dramatically expanded the power and authority of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and facilitated increased Federal regulation of the marketing research profession.
April 1, 2010
The Governor of Minnesota today signed a bill into law that legalizes exit polling at Minnesota voting places. MRA testified in support of the law in the state legislature.
March 23, 2010
Thanks to lobbying by MRA, with help from PMRG, and targeted outreach by MRA grassroots volunteers, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (part of the Affordable Care Act, AKA "Obamacare") excludes incentive payments for doctors who participate in pharmaceutical and medical device marketing research studies. (This victory would be cemented in the final implementing Sunshine Act regulations in 2013).
February 3, 2010
A joint MRA-CASRO-PMRG effort yields a clarification in regulations that research companies can legally conduct market research with Minnesota health care practitioners.
October 19, 2009
Maine voted to recommend the prompt repeal of a law prohibiting the transfer of personal information regarding minors (under 18). MRA had filed our comments in opposition to the law, and looks forward to working with state legislators to craft a new, more carefully crafted law, which will not impede survey and opinion research.
May 29, 2009
Official guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Health uses MRA-provided language to exempt market research incentives from the application of the state’s new Marketing Code of Conduct for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.
March 23, 2009
MRA Helps Beat Back Legislation in Maryland, Mississippi and Rhode Island That Would Have Crippled Research with Health Care Practitioners
MRA recently helped to convince legislators in Maryland and Rhode Island to withdraw their bills and helped to defeat legislation in Mississippi, victories in the ongoing fight against legislation to require public reporting of survey research incentives for health care practitioners or that ban them outright.
March 3, 2009
The New Mexico State Senate recently defeated a bill which would have required the public reporting of incentives paid to health care professionals for participation in marketing research studies sponsored by pharmaceutical, medical device or medical supply manufacturers. After MRA reached out to legislators, the legislation was defeated.
February 16, 2009
MRA applauded the U.S. Congress for including $1 billion in immediate funding for the decennial Census in the just-approved economic stimulus law. MRA had advocated throughout the process, in Congress and through grassroots outreach. An amendment to axe the Census funds was subsequently defeated during Senate floor debate.
July 11, 2008
Legislation drafted by CMOR to combat political persuasion calls ("push polls") while protecting legitimate survey and opinion research (including message testing) was signed into law by the Governor. Collaboration with grassroots volunteer Jude Olinger was critical, both to kill the original bill that woud have severely harmed political survey and opinion research with residents of Louisiana, and then to get the sponsor of that bill to instead promote legislation authored by CMOR.