netmeg - 4:26 pm on Nov 4, 2008 (gmt 0)
I suspect that by the time the next big election rolls around, there will be a way to opt out of political ads. I don't remember this being a huge issue four years ago, and quite possibly Google didn't anticipate it; for one thing, a lot of campaign folks weren't as internet savvy back then either. I can't see Google maintaining a situation where publishers are turning off AdSense entirely to avoid political ads - after all, that doesn't earn anything for Google OR the advertisers either (lose-lose-lose). We learn, we grow. I'm willing to bet next time will be different.