As the 2018 midterm elections approach in the United States, digital political advertising is hot on the minds of candidates, campaign managers, and political action committees (PACs) throughout the country. In increasing numbers, politicians are turning away from traditional media channels and toward digital and social networks like Facebook as a means to better reach their voters.
As digital budgets grow, however, so do the regulations surrounding digital political advertising. What was once considered unchartered territory is now one of the hottest subjects of debate, as public interest groups and government agencies alike scramble to apply the same regulations that govern traditional media to the digital world.
Here's what all of this regulation means—and what advertisers can and cannot do within the current policies.