During last year's trip to D.C. with the Interactive Advertising Bureau's Long Tail Alliance, I met Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and a staffer who assists her on issues related to the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
At some offices we had to explain basic stuff like cookies, but Blackburn and her staffer were well-versed on the subjects of ad tracking, contextual ads and privacy concerns. We talked to the Congresswoman about do-not-track and how small publishers think it will affect our businesses. This year, she's quoted in an AdWeek story on our visit to Congress. Blackburn and three other Congressional Republicans wrote a letter to Mozilla urging it not to turn do-not-track on by default in its browser:
The third-party cookies that Mozilla Firefox would block are what allow the U.S.-based Internet publishing industry to sustain original, free content on thousands of small business websites in every corner of America.