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Facebook and Google’s ongoing bans on political ads are hitting campaigns during a crucial fundraising window, cutting off a key pipeline to potential supporters and disrupting early planning for the next round of elections, from state and local races this year to looming midterm elections in 2022.
Ad spending surrounding Georgia’s senate runoffs now tops $521 million, according to Ad Age in partnership with Kantar/CMAG. Total spending from Jan. 1, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2021 exceeds $700 million.
With just over a week left in the Georgia senate runoff elections, ad spending is up to nearly $540 million overall for the consequential elections that will determine which party has control of the Senate.
A PAC aligned with President Trump is investing in the Georgia Senate runoff elections with a $500,000 ad campaign in support of Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler.
In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, President Elect Joe Biden dominated the local TV airwaves, according to an analysis released by Nielsen. Joe Biden For President spent $83.2 million, generating 4.1 billion local TV impressions during the month.
On Nov. 18, AdAge reported that ad spending on Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff election had hit $101 million. On Nov. 24 ad spending reached $272 million. As of EOD Dec. 10, including advance bookings of ads that will run through Jan. 5, ad spending hit $440 million.
A super PAC affiliated with Mitch McConnell is overseeing a new political action committee that emerged in recent days to shape the US Senate runoffs in Georgia. The group will spend $43 million in new TV and radio ad spending.

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