Strong Push for Marketplace Fairness

With the 2014 elections quickly coming, bringing an end to the 113th Congress, the window is closing for action on passing the Marketplace Fairness Act. That is why the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) hosted nearly 75 small business owners from across the country including those from ASA to advocate for its passage and to finally level the playing field between brick-and-mortar businesses and their Internet-only counterparts.

Traditional brick-and-mortar businesses around the country face unfair competition from online-only sellers that exploit a tax loophole to avoid collecting state sales taxes. But each state also has its own unique business community and economic climate. The groups visited with Senators and Representatives from Indiana, Iowa, Texas, California, Michigan and others to keep the momentum alive and share personal stories of how brick-and-mortar companies are disadvantaged under the current system.

“It was interesting to join with others from Indiana, each of who had such different businesses, yet similar experiences of how this is impacting us,” said AMSF fly-in attendee and ASA president John Strong.

Plumbing and Heating Wholesale’s Lee Plasier said “I had been very interested in this issue for quite some time, so when I learned that my representative (Rep. Steve King) was a key member whose support we needed, I jumped at the opportunity.”

Adding the voice of the wholesaler brings a different, but essential perspective to an issue that has largely been a fight between big-box retailers and eBay. Taking advantage of the opportunity to remind Congress that this issue isn’t just impacting B2C transactions, but now B2B is critical to advancing this issue. Thanks to some key ASA leaders, that message was delivered once again this week in Washington.


To learn more about ASA's positions on Legislative & Regulatory issues affecting the industry or if you would like to know how to get involved with ASA PAC, visit our Advocacy page or contact Dan Hilton, dhilton@asa.net, Director of Government Affairs.

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