The National Republican Senatorial Committee declared the “unacceptable” limitations on Twitter, writing, “Facebook has shut down the ad account for the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising committee for NRSC, @Perduesenate, and @kloeffler. This is unacceptable with only 4 days to Election Day.”
The NRSC added a screenshot of the restriction page, which claimed the group broke Facebook’s ban on “ads that promote products, services, schemes or offers using deceptive or misleading practices, including those meant to mislead or scam people out of money or personal information.”
Facebook lifted its ban on political advertising for Georgia on Dec.16, after banning political ads after the polls closed on Nov. 3.
Facebook replied by explaining that an “automated error caused this ad account to be disabled,” and the account had been restored.
Incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will challenge Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on Jan. 5 after no candidate in either race won a majority of votes in November's election.
The Georgia elections are expected to cost over $500 million, with analysts, political insiders, and politicians descending on the Peach State in an effort to settle control of the Senate for the first two years of President-elect Joe Biden’s term.
Moreover, publicly available Facebook ad-spending data reveals many high-profile politicians have used the races and the candidates to gather funds for their PACs, the Daily Beast reported Wednesday.
They involve members of both parties, like Sens. Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Kirsten Gillibrand, and incoming House members, who haven’t yet been sworn into Congress. And President Trump is also among them. They could still use the money raised for their PACs to campaign on behalf of the Georgia candidates, though most of it will be managed by their committees.
"The Lincoln Project raised $4.8 million between November 24th and December 16th hyping the Georgia Senate runoff elections," wrote Rob Pyers, of the nonpartisan California Target Book, which observes and reports on political campaigns. "Since then, it has spent $1.1 million on independent expenditures in those races and paid Steve Schmidt $1.5 million."