There seems to be a lot of confusion about the Google ads on the blog. It seems few people understand how these work and they keep attacking me for an anti-Obama ad on the banner. I have no control over what appears on these. They are paid for by those websites being visited when someone goes to them and Google gets that revenue. I don't make anything from the presence of these ads. I cannot actually explain the minimal revenue they generate without violating Google's terms of service, but suffice it to say I have yet to even receive a check from Google.
This revenue is beyond miniscule folks and it doesn't affect my coverage of anyone or anything. Google Ads automatically selects the content for those ads based on those who are placing ads with them and the content on the website. They crawl my blog and pick up key words such as issues and candidate's names. If an anti-Obama or anti-Hillary website places ads with Google they give Google key words Google finds and then uses to place their ad.
For instance, and this is purely a hypothetical, say I write an article about White Supremacist movements and organizations in Pennsylvania (and I have). Say the KKK puts ads on Google and want them to appear on sites which discuss this topic. They give Google a list of tags, or key words that Google looks for. Where Google finds these key words they place the ads for the KKK. This wouldn't mean I support the KKK. It just means they want their ads appearing on websites which discuss them and their issues.
That's how the anti-Obama ad appears on the Google Ads here. Since I discuss this candidate often and since this Google ad buyer gave them "Barack Obama" as a key word their ad appears here. I can do nothing about that as I could do nothing about the John McCain banner ads which appeared there for several weeks. Funny how no one complained about those...
This blog only has two sources of revenue: advertising and contributions via the Tip Jar. Since there are virtually no contributions through the Tip Jar I also accept consulting jobs to make ends meet and pay for blogging expenses. It costs money for the blog and to travel to cover campaigns and events. Hopefully at some point the blog will begin paying for itself but that takes time. The Google Ads are here to try and stimulate some revenue and I do not earn any money running an anti-Obama ad on that banner. I find it interesting that those who have complained about the ads have also never contributed through the Tip Jar.
I hope this provides a good idea of how these ads work and how individual website owners have little control over their content.