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The advertisers that have backed away from Limbaugh’s program represent a broad range of industries, from technology to financial services to retailers.

AOL, an Internet portal that runs the TechCrunch blog and the Huffington Post, said Monday that Limbaugh’s comments “are not in line with our values.”

Other companies that say they have left the show include flower delivery service ProFlowers, mortgage lender Quicken Loans, the maker of Sleep Number beds, mattress retailer Sleep Train, software maker Citrix Systems Inc., online data backup service provider Carbonite and online legal document services company LegalZoom.

Allstate Corp. said it bought ads on Limbaugh’s show by accident.

The insurer at first told people who asked on Monday that it didn’t buy ads on Limbaugh’s show. But it said on Facebook that it learned during the day that its ads actually were running with the program. It said an advertising vendor had bought the ads in error and its advertising strategy never included ads on Limbaugh’s show.

Allstate said on Facebook that it regretted “providing mistaken information” about its ads and has asked the media buying firm to stop advertising on Limbaugh’s show “in keeping with our original advertising plans and strategies.”

Clear Channel Media and Entertainment operates more than 850 radio stations in the U.S., and Premiere says it’s the largest radio content provider in the country, syndicating programs to more than 5,000 affiliate stations.

Clear Channel has declined to say how much revenue it stands to lose from advertiser defections. Its parent company was taken private in 2008.

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Freed reported from Minneapolis. AP Business Writer Tali Arbel in New York contributed to this report.