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Google censors Green Party’s political ads, breaking federal law
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Tuesday Sep 4th, 2012 11:00 AM
Because all primary advertising has to air before the close of the Democratic convention on Thursday, this is an extremely urgent matter. We urge all of our supporters --and any American who does not think corporations should have the right to censor political free speech-- to contact Google at once!
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Tell Google TV not to censor our ads!

Posted by Jill Stein for President 1044.80pc on September 03, 2012 google_dont_be_evil.pngLast week, the Jill Stein for President campaign placed over a hundred thousand dollars worth of airtime on cable TV nationally and in select markets across the country. The ads are scheduled to air tomorrow, Tuesday through this Thursday, to raise important progressive issues key to our nation's future that will not be discussed during the corporate-sponsored Democratic National Convention.

This morning, Google --which served as a broker for placement of our national satellite and cable television ad placements-- informed Jill Stein for President that they were censoring the campaign's ads due to "inappropriate language." (The ads in question can be viewed here).

Nevermind that these ads already comply with FCC regulations regarding appropriate content, what Google does not seem to understand is that federal law prohibits broadcasters from censoring ads submitted by candidates for public office.

Because all primary advertising has to air before the close of the Democratic convention on Thursday, this is an extremely urgent matter. We urge all of our supporters --and any American who does not think corporations should have the right to censor political free speech-- to contact Google at once:

In the event that this censorship matter may not be resolved in time, we have quickly produced three other ads, "What Green Means," that we can get on the air immediately, with your support. You can see the ads here. And if you donate now, you can vote on which one of them we should use.

Please donate as much as you can as soon as you so we can get our ads on the air during the Democratic National Convention and before the primary season has ended!

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Venturebeat: Google censors Green Party’s political ads, breaking federal law