FTC's Pitofsky hopes cuts won't hurt ad oversight

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Federal Trade Commission Chairman Robert Pitofsky said he hopes his agency's ability to monitor advertising won't be affected by expected budget cuts in 1996. The Senate has proposed 10% cuts in all independent agency budgets. For now, Mr. Pitofsky told a conference of international regulation lawyers and advertisers last week that the commission is focusing on the ``real challenge'' of monitoring Internet and non-network TV advertising. Also at the conference, American Association of Advertising Agencies VP John F. Kamp said President Clinton's tobacco advertising regulation proposal amounted to ``censorship'' and a virtual ban on ads for a legal product.

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