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Ad blockers could jeopardize $1 billion presidential campaign online-ad industry

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Online political advertising seems like a win-win proposition; an affordable way for campaigns to get the message out and a steady stream of revenue to keep websites and business. And it is a lucrative proposition, too. Presidential contenders are expected to spend nearly $1 billion in online ad revenue for the 2016 cycle. However, according to Zach Montellaro of the National Journal, the advent of ad blocking software – low-cost or, in some cases, free – puts the industry in…

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Ad blockers rise as ads annoy, bog down websites

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When you visit a website, you often find yourself waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what you were there to see. The seconds tick by. It doesn’t have to be this way. There are easy ways to block such annoyances, and Apple is now permitting apps that block ads in its Web browser for iPhones and iPads. All this might help users navigate, but it also threatens the…

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TV ads bashing Rick Skeletor, err, Rick Scott ready to air

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The Virginia-based group called Alliance for America’s Future has bought TV advertisements to be broadcast throughout Florida titled “Fraud,” leaving little doubt they are aimed at Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott, reported the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday. The group has supported Scott’s Republican primary opponent Attorney General Bill McCollum in the past, but McCollum’s campaign declined to comment about the ads that start airing on Thursday and are scheduled to run through at least June 2. McCollum’s campaign spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told…

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Are Scott Wagman’s ads on Google a violation of Florida’s election laws?

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I’ve been wrong before about Scott Wagman violating Florida’s election laws, so I was much more thorough this time around concerning a possible violation by Mr. Houghton-Wagman. And while the case has yet to be investigated and ruled on, it appears as if Wagman could be in a heap of trouble with the Florida Elections Commission. The alleged violation: Upon conducting a search for the term “Jamie Bennett” on Google’s search engine, I was returned to a screen with an…

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