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Coordinated communications periods: special elections (2022)

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 2022 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 2022 special elections

Special electionElection dateCC period (90-days prior
through election date)
Alaska At-Large Congressional District
Special Primary
06/11/202203/13/2022 - 06/11/2022
Alaska At-Large Congressional District
Special General
08/16/202205/18/2022 - 08/16/2022
California 22nd Congressional District
Special General
04/05/202201/05/2022 - 04/05/2022
California 22nd Congressional District
Special Runoff
06/07/202203/09/2022 - 06/07/2022
California Senate
Special Primary
06/07/202203/09/2022 - 06/07/2022
California Senate
Special General
11/08/202208/10/2022 - 11/08/2022
Florida 20th Congressional District
Special General
01/11/202210/13/2021 - 01/11/2022
Minnesota 1st Congressional District
Special Primary
05/24/202202/23/2022 - 05/24/2022
Minnesota 1st Congressional District
Special General
08/09/202205/11/2022 - 08/09/2022
Nebraska 1st Congressional District
Special General
06/28/202203/30/2022 - 06/28/2022
New York 19th Congressional District
Special General
08/23/202205/25/2022 - 08/23/2022
New York 23rd Congressional District
Special General
08/23/202205/25/2022 - 08/23/2022
Oklahoma Senate
Special Primary
06/28/202203/30/2022 - 06/28/2022
Oklahoma Senate
Special Runoff
08/23/202205/25/2022 - 08/23/2022
Texas 34th Congressional District
Special General
06/14/202203/16/2022 - 06/14/2022