I seriously doubt it had anything to do with your ranting (yes, ranting. When you post the same thing 400 times, that's ranting). Google has always thrown a deaf ear towards what webmasters think is wrong or right and do what they (Google) think is right. I think Florida is a prime example of that.
No matter what, what you are talking about MM, will not be fixed by this. What you are talking about (others pushing your bids up on purpose) is the same thing as competitor click fraud. If someone is doing it to you, they are obviously small time and not worth the notice of real professionals as the small time frauders will soon be pushed out by those who really know what they are doing. Chances are, it wasn't even an affiliate, as they have the freedom to move on elsewhere, while merchants do not.