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Coordinated communications periods (2019)

When a person 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.

One provision identifies certain pre-election time frames during which a public communication that references a candidate will satisfy the content prong of the coordination test.

The charts below provide a breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications periods for the 2019 house and senate special elections.

Coordinated communications periods for 2019 special elections

Special election Election date CC period (90-days prior through election date)
North Carolina 3rd Congressional District Special Primary

North Carolina 3rd Congressional District Special Primary Runoff

North Carolina 3rd Congressional District Special General

North Carolina 3rd Congressional District Special General
04/30/19


07/09/19 [1]


07/09/19 [1]


09/10/19 [1]
01/30/19 - 04/30/19


04/10/19 - 07/09/19


04/10/19 - 07/09/19


06/12/19 - 09/10/19
North Carolina 9th Congressional District Special Primary

North Carolina 9th Congressional District Special Primary Runoff

North Carolina 9th Congressional District Special General

North Carolina 9th Congressional District Special General
05/14/19


09/10/19 [2]


09/10/19 [2]


11/05/19 [2]
02/13/19 - 05/14/19


06/12/19 - 09/10/19


06/12/19 - 09/10/19


08/07/19 - 11/05/19
Pennsylvania 12th Congressional District Special General 05/21/19 02/20/19 - 05/21/19

Footnotes:

[1] In the event that Special Runoff Elections are NOT necessary, the Special General Election will be held on July 9, 2019, instead of September 10, 2019.

[2] In the event that Special Runoff Elections are NOT necessary, the Special General Election will be held on September 10, 2019, instead of November 5, 2019.


NOTE: For communications that refer to both a party and a clearly identified federal candidate, please consult the regulations at 11 CFR109.21(c)(4)(i)-(iv).