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Coordinated communications periods (2019-20)

When a person pays for a communication that is coordinated with a candidate, a candidate’s authorized committee, or their agents, or a political party committee or its agents, 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 provide a breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications periods for the 2019-20 House and Senate special elections.

Coordinated communications periods for 2019-20 special elections

Special election Election date CC period (90-days prior through election date)
California 25th Congressional District Special General

California 25th Congressional District Special Runoff
03/03/20


05/12/20
12/04/19 - 03/03/20


02/12/20 - 05/12/20
Maryland 7th Congressional District Special Primary

Maryland 7th Congressional District Special General
02/04/20


04/28/20
11/06/19 - 02/04/20


01/29/20 - 04/28/20
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
Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Special Primary

Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Special General
02/18/20


05/12/20
11/20/19 - 02/18/20


02/12/20 - 05/12/20

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).

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