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2010 Coordinated Communications Periods

When an individual or political committee pays for a communication that is coordinated with a candidate or party committee, the communication is considered an in-kind contribution to that candidate or party committee and is subject to the limits, prohibitions and reporting requirements of the federal campaign finance law. FEC regulations establish a three-prong test to determine whether a communication is coordinated. All three prongs of the test—payment, content and conduct—must be met for a communication to be deemed coordinated and thus an in-kind contribution. 11 CFR 109.21.

In response to the DC Court of Appeals decision in Shays v. FEC, the Commission promulgated new regulations on Coordinated Communications. Specifically, these regulations redefine the pre-election time frames used in the content prong of the three-prong coordinated communication test. See 11 CFR 109.21(c)(4)(i) and (ii) and the FEC brochure "Coordinated Communications and Independent Expenditures" [HTML] [PDF] for additional information.

The charts below provide a state-by-state breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications periods for Congressional primaries, Congressional general election and special elections.

NOTE: For communications that refer to both a party and a clearly identified federal candidate please consult the regulations at 11 CFR 109.21(c)(4)(i)-(iv).

 

Coordinated Communications Periods for Congressional Primaries 1

Alabama - Connecticut
Delaware - Iowa
Kansas - Maryland
Massachusetts - Nevada
New Hampshire - Oklahoma
Oregon - Rhode Island
South Carolina - South Dakota
Tennessee - Virgin Islands
Virginia - Wyoming

 

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
* Alabama Primary

06/01/10

03/03/10 - 06/01/10

Primary Runoff

07/13/10

04/14/10 - 07/13/10
* Alaska Primary

08/24/10

05/26/10 - 08/24/10
American Samoa General

11/02/10

08/04/10 - 11/02/10
* Arizona Primary

08/24/10

05/26/10 - 08/24/10
* Arkansas Primary

05/18/10

02/17/10 - 05/18/10

Primary Runoff

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
*California Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
* Colorado Primary

08/10/10

05/12/10 - 08/10/10
Connecticut Primary

08/10/10 2

05/12/10 - 08/10/10
Connecticut Convention -- Democratic Party (House)

05/10/10 2

02/09/10 - 05/10/10
Connecticut Convention -- Democratic Party (Senate)

05/21/10 2

02/20/10 - 05/21/10
Connecticut Convention -- Republican Party (House/Senate)

05/21/10 2

02/20/10 - 05/21/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
* Delaware Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
District of Columbia Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
* Florida Primary

08/24/10

05/26/10 - 08/24/10
* Georgia Primary

07/20/10

04/21/10 - 07/20/10

Primary Runoff

08/10/10

05/12/10 - 08/10/10

General Runoff
(NOT HELD)

11/30/10

09/01/10 - 11/30/10
Guam Primary

09/04/10

06/06/10 - 09/04/10

General Runoff
(NOT HELD)

11/16/10

08/18/10 - 11/16/10
* Hawaii Primary

09/18/10

06/20/10 - 09/18/10
* Idaho Primary

05/25/10

02/24/10 - 05/25/10
* Illinois Primary

02/02/10

11/04/09 - 02/02/10
* Indiana Primary

05/04/10 2

02/03/10 - 05/04/10
* Indiana Convention -- Democratic Party (Senate)

05/15/10 2

02/14/10 - 05/15/10
* Indiana Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/24/10 2

01/24/10 - 04/24/10
* Iowa Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
* Kansas Primary

08/03/10 2

05/05/10 - 08/03/10
Kansas Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/24/10 2

01/24/10 - 04/24/10
Kansas Convention -- Reform Party

05/29/10 2

02/28/10 - 05/29/10
* Kentucky Primary

05/18/10

02/17/10 - 05/18/10
* Louisiana Primary

08/28/10

05/30/10 - 08/28/10

Primary Runoff

10/02/10

07/04/10 - 10/02/10
Maine Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
* Maryland Primary

09/14/10 2

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
* Maryland Convention -- Constitution Party

07/17/10 2

04/18/10 - 07/17/10
* Maryland Convention -- Green Party
05/22/10 2
02/21/10 - 05/22/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
Massachusetts Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
Michigan Primary

08/03/10 2

05/05/10 - 08/03/10
Michigan Convention -- Green Party

08/01/10 2

05/03/10 - 08/01/10
Michigan Convention -- Libertarian Party
05/22/10 2
02/21/10 - 05/22/10
Michigan Convention -- U.S. Taxpayers Party

06/26/10 2

03/28/10 - 06/26/10
Minnesota Primary

08/10/10

05/12/10 - 08/10/10
Mississippi Primary

06/01/10

03/03/10 - 06/01/10

Primary Runoff

06/22/10

03/24/10 - 06/22/10
* Missouri Primary

08/03/10

05/05/10 - 08/03/10
Montana Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
Nebraska Primary

05/11/10

02/10/10 - 05/11/10
* Nevada Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
* New Hampshire Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
New Jersey Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
New Mexico Primary

06/01/10

03/03/10 - 06/01/10
* New York Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
* North Carolina Primary

05/04/10

02/03/10 - 05/04/10

Primary Runoff

06/22/10

03/24/10 - 06/22/10
* North Dakota Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
Northern Mariana Islands General

11/02/10

08/04/10 - 11/02/10
* Ohio Primary

05/04/10

02/03/10 - 05/04/10
* Oklahoma Primary

07/27/10

04/28/10 - 07/27/10

Primary Runoff

08/24/10

05/26/10 - 08/24/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
* Oregon Primary

05/18/10 2

02/17/10 - 05/18/10
* Oregon Convention -- Constitution Party

06/26/10 2

03/28/10 - 06/26/10
* Oregon Convention -- Independent Party

07/30/10 2

05/01/10 - 07/30/10
* Oregon Convention -- Libertarian Party

06/12/10 2

03/14/10 - 06/12/10
* Oregon Convention -- Pacific Green Party

01/16/10 2

10/18/09- 01/16/10
* Pennsylvania Primary

05/18/10

02/17/10 - 05/18/10
Puerto Rico Primary

(no federal elections held in 2010)

Rhode Island Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
* South Carolina Primary

06/08/10 2

03/10/10 - 06/08/10

Primary Runoff

06/22/10

03/24/10 - 06/22/10
* South Carolina Convention -- Constitution Party

05/15/10 2

02/14/10 - 05/15/10
* South Carolina Convention -- Independence Party

05/15/10 2

02/14/10 - 05/15/10
* South Carolina Convention -- Green Party

05/01/10 2

01/31/10 - 05/01/10
* South Carolina Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/17/10 2

01/17/10 - 04/17/10
* South Carolina Convention -- United Citizens Party
03/20/10 2
12/20/09 - 03/20/10
* South Carolina Convention -- Working Families Party

05/15/10 2

02/14/10 - 05/15/10
* South Dakota Primary

06/08/10

03/10/10 - 06/08/10

Primary Runoff

06/29/10

03/31/10 - 06/29/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
Tennessee Primary

08/05/10

05/07/10 - 08/05/10
Texas Primary

03/02/10 2

12/02/09 - 03/02/10

Primary Runoff

04/13/10

01/13/10 - 04/13/10
Texas House -- Minor Party Convention
[Dist. #s 7, 16, 18, 20, 29, 30, 32]
03/13/10 2
12/13/09 - 03/13/10
Texas House -- Minor Party Convention
[Dist. #s 1-6, 8-15, 17, 19, 21-28, 31]
03/20/10 2
12/20/09 - 03/20/10
* Utah Primary

06/22/10 2

03/24/10 - 06/22/10
* Utah Convention -- Constitution Party

05/08/10 2

02/07/10 - 05/08/10
* Utah Convention -- Democratic Party

05/08/10 2

02/07/10 - 05/08/10
* Utah Convention -- Libertarian Party

05/15/10 2

02/14/10 - 05/15/10
* Utah Convention -- Republican Party

05/08/10 2

02/07/10 - 05/08/10
* Vermont Primary

08/24/10

05/26/10 - 08/24/10
Virgin Islands Primary

09/11/10

06/13/10 - 09/11/10

General Runoff
(NOT HELD)

11/16/10

08/18/10 - 11/16/10
State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)
Virginia Primary

06/08/10 2

03/10/10 - 06/08/10
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party
[District #s 1 & 2]
05/08/10 2
02/07/10 - 05/08/10
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party
[District #5]
06/05/10 2
03/07/10 - 06/05/10
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party
[District #s 7 & 9]
05/15/10 2
02/14/10 - 05/15/10
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party
[District #s 3 & 9]
05/22/10 2
02/21/10 - 05/22/10
* Washington Primary

08/17/10

05/19/10 - 08/17/10
West Virginia Primary

05/11/10 2

02/10/10 - 05/11/10
* Wisconsin Primary

09/14/10

06/16/10 - 09/14/10
Wyoming Primary

08/17/10

05/19/10 - 08/17/10
Wyoming Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/24/10 2
01/24/10 - 04/24/10

* States holding 2010 Senate elections.

1 Election dates are subject to change.  This chart will be updated as additional information becomes available.

2 In Connecticut and Utah, conventions are held by the political parties prior to the primary.  In Virginia, parties may choose to nominate by convention rather than by primary election. (In other states, such as Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming, it is possible that minor parties may schedule conventions to nominate candidates.)

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Coordinated Communications Period for Congressional General Election

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period (90-days prior
through general election date)

General Election
11/02/10
08/04/10 - 11/02/10

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Coordinated Communications Periods for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period (90-days prior
through election date)
Florida 19th District
Special Primary
02/02/10
11/04/09 - 02/02/10
Florida 19th District
Special General
04/13/10
01/13/10 - 04/13/10
Georgia 9th District
Special General
05/11/10
02/10/10 - 05/11/10
Georgia 9th District
Special Runoff
06/08/10
03/10/10 - 06/08/10
Hawaii 1st District
Special General
05/22/10
02/21/10 - 05/22/10
Illinois Senate
Special General
11/02/10
08/04/10 - 11/02/10
Indiana 3rd District
Special General
11/02/10
08/04/10 - 11/02/10
Massachusetts Senate
Special Primary
12/08/09
09/09/09 - 12/08/09
Massachusetts Senate
Special General
01/19/10
10/21/09 - 01/19/10
New York 29th District
Special General
11/02/10
08/04/10 - 11/02/10
Pennsylvania 12th District
Special General
05/18/10
02/17/10 - 05/18/10
West Virginia Senate
Special General
08/28/10
05/30/10 - 08/28/10
West Virginia Senate
Special General
11/02/10
08/04/10 - 11/02/10

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