Dear American Civil Liberties Union:
Google operates as a Massive Publishing Source and Public Media Outlet. For all practical purposes they are, The Press. They provide American Business Entrepreneurs with Business Tools and Resources that depend upon and support Free Speech, Free Expression, Free Press, Free Trade, Free Enterprise, Free Markets, Capitalism, and Entrepreneurialism. Those things, at least for United States Citizens, are protected by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers."
The United States Constitution
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
I published multiple websites and created Google AdWords accounts to promote and market numerous ideas and products. I did so for my family, friends, business associates, clients and myself. All of our websites were running fine for more than three years. None of them were EVER violated, disabled, or shut down for ANY reason during those three years. Then AFTER a few of our websites began earning a substantial amount of AdSense revenue Google immediately shut down the AdWords accounts that were promoting them. I suspected Google shut us down because of the amount of money we were making, not because of "Policy Violations" as they claimed. So I did a "Control Study" where I published the exact same kinds of websites that had been earning substantial AdSense revenue. I did not spend a lot of money marketing them so they would not earn substantial AdSense revenue. And they were NEVER shut down. My efforts throughout the following year provided the ultimate proof. I jumped over all kinds of hurdles and through all kinds of hoops endeavoring to satisfy Google's claims that the AdWords accounts in question were shut down for "Policy Violations." I amassed well over 100 emails in the process. Those emails are actually quite revealing of the Anti-Business Practices that Google perpetrates against American Business Entrepreneurs.
After one year of corresponding with Google, tweaking our websites, and endeavoring tirelessly to construct websites that Google would not, and could not, claim were subjects of "Policy Violations" I successfully published several websites for my family friends, business associates, and me that were determined by "Google Specialists" to be "Compliant" (COMPLIANT). After those websites began yielding a substantial and ever-increasing amount of AdSense revenue too, Google disabled our AdSense accounts. They did not disable our AdWords accounts this time because they couldn't. I developed the ability to build websites that were more than consistent with Google's own example of an "Acceptable" website. So this time they shut down our AdSense accounts. They disabled all five (5) of our AdSense accounts on the exact same day to prevent us from earning substantial and ever-increasing amounts of revenue, which inadvertently violates our 1st Amendment Rights to Free Speech, Free Expression, Free Press, and Free Trade.
My family, friends, business associates, and I have been hurt. We have been hurt financially, emotionally, and psychologically. Perhaps I have been hurt the most because of the enormous amount of time, energy, and effort I have poured into this. The sad thing is, based upon various websites and Blogs we have seen, this has apparently happened to many people. Many people have suffered financially, emotionally, and psychologically. They have been hurt and damaged.
Whether 1, 10, 100, or more people have been affected by this, when all is said and done, when this is all over and done with… Google should not, and WILL NOT, be able to commit such acts of Fraud, Deception, Manipulation, Anti-Business Practices, Theft (Grand Theft), and Violations of 1st Amendment Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America.
No more people will be hurt.
I believe a One-Billion-Dollar Fine and/or Class-Action Lawsuit against Google would be the ultimate and best way to satisfy this issue. Let Google be the example.
I can be reached at:
Michael Keith Van Schaick