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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 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 chart below provides a breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications periods for 2013-14 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 2013-14 Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)
Alabama
1st Congressional District
Special Primary
09/24/13
06/26/13 - 09/24/13
Alabama
1st Congressional District
Special Primary Runoff
11/05/13 1
08/07/13 - 11/05/13
Alabama
1st Congressional District
Special General
11/05/13 1
08/07/13 - 11/05/13
Alabama
1st Congressional District
Special General
12/17/13 1
09/18/13 - 12/17/13

Florida
13th Congressional District
Special Primary

01/14/14
10/16/13 - 01/14/14
Florida
13th Congressional District
Special General
03/11/14
12/11/13 - 03/11/14
Illinois 2nd Congressional District
Special Primary
02/26/13
11/28/12 - 02/26/13
Illinois 2nd Congressional District
Special General
04/09/13
01/09/13 - 04/09/13
Louisiana 5th Congressional District
Special Primary
08/21/13 2
05/23/13 - 08/21/13

Louisiana 5th Congressional District
Special General

10/19/13
07/21/13 - 10/19/13
Louisiana 5th Congressional District
Special Runoff
11/16/13
08/18/13 - 11/16/13
Massachusetts 5th Congressional District
Special Primary
10/15/13
07/17/13 - 10/15/13
Massachusetts 5th Congressional District
Special General
12/10/13
09/11/13 - 12/10/13
Massachusetts Senate
Special Primary
04/30/13
01/30/13 - 04/30/13
Massachusetts Senate
Special General
06/25/13
03/27/13 - 06/25/13
Missouri 8th Congressional District
Special General
06/04/13
03/06/13 - 06/04/13
New Jersey Senate
Special Primary
08/13/13
05/15/13 - 08/13/13
New Jersey Senate
Special General
10/16/13
07/18/13 - 10/16/13
South Carolina 1st Congressional District
Special Green Party Convention
03/09/13
12/09/12 - 03/09/13
South Carolina
1st Congressional District
Special Primary
03/19/13
12/19/12 - 03/19/13
South Carolina
1st Congressional District
Special Primary Runoff
04/02/13
01/02/13 - 04/02/13
South Carolina
1st Congressional District
Special General
05/07/13
02/06/13 - 05/07/13

1 In the event that Special Runoff Elections are NOT necessary, the Special General Election will be held on November 5, 2013, instead of December 17, 2013.

2 In AO 2000-29 [PDF], the Commission determined that the last day to qualify for a position on the general election ballot in Louisiana--in this case 08/21/13-- must be considered the primary election date for Louisiana candidates. See 11 CFR 100.2(c)(4)(i). The special election for candidates seeking federal office is the special general election scheduled for 10/19/13. Additionally, under state law if no candidate in the 10/19/13 special general election receives over 50 percent of the vote, a special runoff election will be held on 11/16/13.