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New Ad Campaign Calls For Antitrust Enforcement

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The Main Street Competition Coalition has launched an ad campaign calling on Washington to crack down on big businesses ignoring the nation’s antitrust laws and hurting small businesses and farmers.

Digital video ads are appearing on Connected TV (CTV) platforms, audio ads will run on Spotify, and display ads have been placed on Politico and social media outlets. Here is a link to the 30-second video ad that anchors the campaign.

For the first time in decades, lawmakers from both parties in Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice are looking at ways to enforce the Robinson-Patman Act, a key piece of antitrust law that has been largely ignored since the early ‘80s despite remaining on the books. During that time, a handful of large corporations have consolidated their way to near-monopoly power and are using that market muscle to tilt the game in their favor.

“As the Main Street Competition Coalition’s ad points out, enforcing the Robinson-Patman Act is about restoring fairness and leveling the playing field for Main Street businesses and family farms that have been suffering,” said Chris Jones, chief government relations officer and counsel at the National Grocers Association and founding coalition member. “Travel to one of the biggest cities or small rural towns in this country today and you can see the dire economic impact of not enforcing the law: lost jobs, lack of consumer choice and sprawling food deserts.”

The Main Street Competition Coalition represents business owners from across markets who have been harmed by unfair exercises of market power.

About NGA

NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale community grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for about 1.2 percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating more than $250 billion in sales, 1.1 million jobs, $39 billion in wages and $36 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers located in every congressional district across the country, as well as state grocers’ associations, manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit www.nationalgrocers.org.

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