Pro-Doug Jones Super PAC ‘Misleading’ Ad Removed By Google ‘at the Request of the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office’

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Late Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s office issued a statement claiming what it described as a “misleading” ad from the Birmingham-based pro-Doug Jones super PAC Highway 31 was removed by Google at its behest. According to the release, the office headed by John Merrill required “several intense discussions,” but resulted in Google removing the ad. “Secretary Merrill’s team contacted the Media and Advertising team at Google (YouTube’s parent company) and through several intense discussions and many references to Alabama State Law the team at Google felt the ad should be “disapproved” and that it was in violation of the AdWords advertising policies.” The ad in question suggested the choices voters made on their ballot were “public record” and they first started appearing online late last week. “If you don’t vote, and Roy Moore – a child predator – wins, could you live with that? Your vote is public record, and your community will know whether or not you helped stop Roy Moore,” a female narrator says. Not much is known about the Highway 31 super PAC and who is financing its efforts. However, the group reportedly has ties to former Obama presidential campaign associates. Full statement as follows: Secretary of State Works



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