Running Political Ads on Facebook

Running political ads on Facebook can be a powerful way to reach voters and influence elections. However, it is important to be aware of the rules and regulations that apply to political advertising on Facebook.


To run political ads on Facebook, you must:

  • Be authorized to run political ads in the country where you will be running your ads.
  • Be a legal resident of the country where you will be running your ads.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a Facebook account and a Facebook ad account.


To be authorized to run political ads on Facebook, you must complete the identity confirmation process. This process involves providing information about yourself and your organization, such as your name, address, and contact information. You must also agree to Facebook’s advertising policies.


All political ads on Facebook must include a disclaimer that identifies who paid for the ad. The disclaimer must be clear and conspicuous, and it must appear on the ad itself, not just in the ad’s landing page.


Political ads on Facebook can be targeted to specific audiences based on demographics, interests, and behaviors. However, there are some restrictions on how you can target your ads. For example, you cannot target your ads to people based on their political affiliation or race.


Political ads on Facebook must comply with Facebook’s advertising policies. These policies prohibit ads that are false, misleading, or discriminatory. They also prohibit ads that promote violence or hate speech.

How to create a political ad on Facebook

To create a political ad on Facebook, you will need to use Facebook Ads Manager. To do this, you must first create a Facebook ad account. Once you have created an ad account, you can start creating your political ad campaign.

To create a political ad campaign, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Facebook Ads Manager and click on the Create button.
  2. Select the Campaign objective.
  3. Select Social issues, elections or politics as the special ad category.
  4. Enter a campaign name and budget.
  5. Click Continue.

Next, you will need to create an ad set. An ad set is a group of ads that share the same targeting and budget.

To create an ad set, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Ad set objective.
  2. Enter a name for your ad set.
  3. Set your budget and schedule.
  4. Select your targeting options.
  5. Click Continue.

Finally, you will need to create your ad.

To create your ad, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Ad format.
  2. Upload your ad image or video.
  3. Enter your ad text and headline.
  4. Add a disclaimer.
  5. Click Publish.

Once you have published your ad, it will be reviewed by Facebook. Once your ad is approved, it will start running.

Tips for running successful political ads on Facebook

Here are some tips for running successful political ads on Facebook:

  • Create clear and concise ad copy. Your ad copy should be clear and concise, and it should communicate your message in a way that is easy to understand.
  • Use high-quality images and videos. Your images and videos should be high-quality and visually appealing. They should also be relevant to your message.
  • Target your ads to the right audience. Use Facebook’s targeting options to target your ads to the people who are most likely to be interested in your message.
  • Set a budget that you can afford. Determine how much money you can afford to spend on your ad campaign, and set your budget accordingly.
  • Track your results. Use Facebook’s analytics tools to track the results of your ad campaign. This will help you to determine what is working and what is not.

By following these tips, you can create and run successful political ads on Facebook.