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Coordinated communications periods: national party nominating conventions (2024)

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 120-day coordinated communications (CC) periods for the 2024 national party presidential nominating conventions.

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 national party nominating conventions

PartyConvention datesCC period (120-days prior through date of general election)
Democratic08/19/2024 - 08/22/202404/24/2024 - 11/05/2024
Republican07/15/2024 - 07/18/202403/20/2024 - 11/05/2024