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Then, by all means, don't use the CFPB when you have a problem with a CA. It is a government agency too, you know. I'm sorry, but this is not "1984". This is privacy paranoia borne out of ignorance on how things really work in a data driven world, the Internet, and ad networks.
When you say you went to renew your registration, I am assuming that's your state's DMV. "The" government seems to be a generic term for any problem one has with ANY government, and I think a bit more specificity is required. Next, you say you don't know what the ad was about - could it have been a public service message about driving safety rather than something some "dirtbag" did, even assuming it originated from the DMV's website and not some overlay from another browser extension or software you (probably unknowingly) installed? Internet Explorer is notorious for exploits like that.
Lastly, the way internet ad networks work, your particular info on one site has nothing to do with whether or not you see a given ad (assuming it WAS an ad you saw). Web crawlers follow you on your browser and collect information on your searches, etc, but they DON'T collect personally identifiable information. They most often use browser cookies to gauge your interests and serve you ads. If you turn that off in your browser, you will see generic ads.
I run a website and to pay for it I use an ad network. I keep NO information for my users, let alone sell it, in order to serve them ads. The ads they see on the site depends on how the ad network (Google's adsense) determines their interest. No personal data is compromised for this to happen. A government website can just as easily use such an ad network without having anything to do with the data the ad network has at all.