Members of advertising groups who have formed the Freedom to Advertise Coalition will meet Aug. 1 with White House officials reviewing the recent tobacco agreement, mainly to discuss their concerns that advertising restrictions contained in the deal not be written into law. Ad groups have warned that such an attempt would be unconstitutional under the First Amendment and would be challenged. The meeting comes as the White House, under Special Assistant Bruce Reed, nears completion of its internal review of the deal. The White House is then expected to try to meet with tobacco companies and attorneys general to work on some revision of the deal.
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