DSCC Executive Director Scott Fairchild issued the following statement on today’s news that Facebook plans to extend its post-election ban on political ads for “another month” and Google also plans to continue banning political ads for several weeks:
“With just 55 days until the runoff elections in Georgia and critically important deadlines coming up for voters, Facebook and Google’s plans to extend their ban on political ads are unacceptable. Organic disinformation is the actual problem on these platforms, and continuing to ban ads is now actively harmful to organizations working to inform Georgia’s diverse voters about the January runoffs. These ad bans are voter suppression plain and simple, they directly benefit Republican senators, and at a minimum there should be an exemption for ads in Georgia over the next two months.”
The continued ban on political ads disproportionately hurts the Ossoff and Warnock campaign outreach efforts – a benefit to both Senators Loeffler and Perdue. The ban affects major upcoming runoff deadlines for Georgians – the voter registration deadline is looming in less than a month on December 7, and early voting will begin in just over a month on December 14. Given the unusual timing of the runoff election, campaigns will have to do more voter outreach and mobilization than ever before to ensure Georgians know how and when to vote.