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Coordinated communications periods: special elections (2021)

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 following chart provides a breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications (CC) periods for 2021 special elections. For a chronological listing, consult the FEC Calendar.

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 2021 special elections

Special electionElection dateCC period (90-days prior
through election date)
Georgia Senate
Special Runoff
01/05/202110/07/2020 - 01/05/2021
Louisiana 2nd Congressional District
Special General
03/20/202112/20/2020 - 03/20/2021
Louisiana 2nd Congressional District
Special Runoff
04/24/202101/24/2021 - 04/24/2021
Louisiana 5th Congressional District
Special General
03/20/202112/20/2020 - 03/20/2021
Louisiana 5th Congressional District
Special Runoff
04/24/202101/24/2021 - 04/24/2021