Google Bans Ads

In retrospect it seems less and less surprising that Google ever agreed to the Communist Chinese government's demands on censorship (see here and here). It seems the Internet giant and Democratic campaign contribution engine is banning ads (h/t Malkin):

WASHINGTON (Map, News) - Internet giant Google has banned advertisements critical of, the far-left advocacy group that caused a national uproar last month when it received preferential treatment from The New York Times for its “General Betray Us” message.

The ads banned by Google were placed by a firm working for Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ re-election campaign. Collins is seeking her third term.

Earlier this week, Google told Lance Dutson*, president of Maine Coast Designs, that the ads he placed for Collins had been removed and would not be allowed to resume because they violated Google’s trademark policy.

Google’s Web site states, “Google takes allegations of trademark infringement very seriously and, as a courtesy, we’re happy to investigate matters raised by trademark owners.” That suggests Google acted in response to a complaint by

*Dutson is a NewsBusters contributor.

Update/Correction (15:52 | 16 October): An earlier version of this post mistakenly conflated MoveOn's work to ban parody T-shirts on Cafepress with the controversy about Sen. Collins' campaign. My apologies for the confusion. Michelle Malkin has more about the CafePress controversy here.

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