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Coordinated Communications Periods for 2016

When an individual or political committee 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. 11 CFR 109.21.

In response to the DC Court of Appeals decision in Shays v. FEC, the Commission promulgated regulations on Coordinated Communications. Specifically, these regulations redefine the pre-election time frames used in the content prong of the three-prong coordinated communication test. See 11 CFR 109.21(c)(4)(i) and (ii) and the FEC brochure "Coordinated Communications and Independent Expenditures" [HTML] [PDF] for additional information.

The charts below provide a state-by-state breakdown of the 90- and 120-day coordinated communications periods for Congressional primaries, Presidential primaries, Presidential nominating conventions, the Congressional general election and special elections.
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 Congressional Primaries 1

Alabama-Arkansas
California-Connecticut
Delaware-Illinois
Indiana-Maryland
Massachusetts-Nevada
New Hampshire-Oklahoma
Oregon-South Carolina
South Dakota-Texas
Utah-Vermont
Virgin Islands-Virginia
Washington-Wyoming

 

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*Alabama Congressional Primary

03/01/16

12/02/15 - 03/01/16

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

04/12/16

01/13/16 - 04/12/16

*Alaska Congressional Primary

08/16/16

05/18/16 - 08/16/16

American Samoa Congressional General

11/08/16

08/10/16 - 11/08/16

*Arizona Congressional Primary

08/30/16

06/01/16 - 08/30/16

*Arkansas Congressional Primary

03/01/16

12/02/15 - 03/01/16

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

03/22/16

12/23/15 - 03/22/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*California Congressional Primary

06/07/16

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

*Colorado Congressional Primary

06/28/16

03/30/16 - 06/28/16

*Connecticut Congressional Primary
(NOT HELD)

08/09/16 2

05/11/16 - 08/09/16

Connecticut Democratic Party Conventions - House

05/09/16 2

02/09/16 - 05/09/16

*Connecticut Democratic Party Conventions - Senate

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

*Connecticut Republican Party Conventions - House & Senate

05/09/16 2

02/09/16 - 05/09/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

Delaware Congressional Primary

09/13/16

06/15/16 - 09/13/16

District of Columbia Congressional Primary

06/14/16

03/16/16 - 06/14/16

*Florida Congressional Primary

08/30/16

06/01/16 - 08/30/16

*Georgia Congressional Primary

05/24/16

02/24/16 - 05/24/16

Primary Runoff

07/26/16

04/27/16 - 07/26/16

General Runoff

01/10/17

10/12/16 - 01/10/17

Guam Congressional Primary

08/27/16

05/29/16 - 08/27/16

General Runoff

11/22/16

08/24/16 - 11/22/16

*Hawaii Congressional Primary

08/13/16

05/15/16 - 08/13/16

*Idaho Congressional Primary

05/17/16

02/17/16 - 05/17/16

*Illinois Congressional Primary

03/15/16

12/16/15 - 03/15/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*Indiana Congressional Primary

05/03/16 2

02/03/16 - 05/03/16

*Indiana Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/23/16 2

01/24/16 - 04/23/16

*Iowa Congressional Primary

06/07/16

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

*Kansas Congressional Primary

08/02/16 2

05/04/16 - 08/02/16

*Kansas Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/30/16 2

01/31/16 - 04/30/16

*Kentucky Congressional Primary

05/17/16

02/17/16 - 05/17/16

*Louisiana Congressional Primary

07/22/16 3

04/23/16 - 07/22/16

General

11/08/16 3

08/10/16 - 11/08/16

General Runoff

12/10/16 3

09/11/16 - 12/10/16

Maine Congressional Primary

06/14/16

03/16/16 - 06/14/16

*Maryland Congressional Primary

04/26/16 2

01/27/16 - 04/26/16

*Maryland Congressional Convention -- Green Party

05/01/16 2

02/01/16 - 05/01/16

*Maryland Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

03/12/16 2

12/13/15 - 03/12/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

Massachusetts Congressional Primary

09/08/16

06/10/16 - 09/08/16

Michigan Congressional Primary

08/02/16 2

05/04/16 - 08/02/16

Michigan Congressional Convention - Green Party

07/30/16 2

05/01/16 - 07/30/16

Michigan Congressional Convention - Libertarian Party
05/14/16 2
02/14/16 - 05/14/16
Michigan Congressional Convention - U.S. Taxpayers Party
06/25/16 2
03/27/16 - 06/25/16

Minnesota Congressional Primary

08/09/16

05/11/16 - 08/09/16

Mississippi Congressional Primary

03/08/16

12/09/15 - 03/08/16

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

03/29/16

12/30/15 - 03/29/16

*Missouri Congressional Primary

08/02/16

05/04/16 - 08/02/16

Montana Congressional Primary

06/07/16

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

Nebraska Congressional Primary

05/10/16

02/10/16 - 05/10/16

*Nevada Congressional Primary

06/14/16

03/16/16 - 06/14/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*New Hampshire Congressional Primary

09/13/16

06/15/16 - 09/13/16

New Jersey Congressional Primary

06/07/16

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

New Mexico Congressional Primary

06/07/16

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

*New York Congressional Primary

06/28/16

03/30/16 - 06/28/16

North Carolina House Primary

06/07/16 4

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

*North Carolina Senate Primary

03/15/16

12/16/15 - 03/15/16

*North Dakota Congressional Primary

06/14/16

03/16/16 - 06/14/16

*Ohio Congressional Primary

03/15/16

12/16/15 - 03/15/16

*Oklahoma Congressional Primary

06/28/16

03/30/16 - 06/28/16

Primary Runoff

08/23/16

05/25/16 - 08/23/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*Oregon Congressional Primary

05/17/16 2

02/17/16 - 05/17/16

*Oregon Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party
05/27/16 2
02/27/16 - 05/27/16
*Oregon Congressional Convention -- Pacific Green Party
05/21/16 2
02/21/16 - 05/21/16

*Oregon Congressional Party Conventions

TBA 2

TBA

*Pennsylvania Congressional Primary

04/26/16

01/27/16 - 04/26/16

Puerto Rico Congressional Primary

06/05/16

03/07/16 - 06/05/16

Rhode Island Congressional Primary

09/13/16

06/15/16 - 09/13/16

*South Carolina Congressional Primary

06/14/16 2

03/16/16 - 06/14/16

Primary Runoff

06/28/16

03/30/16 - 06/28/16

*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- American Party

05/14/16 2

02/14/16 - 05/14/16

*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- Constitution Party

05/14/16 2

02/14/16 - 05/14/16

*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- Green Party

04/30/16 2

01/31/16 - 04/30/16

*South Carolina Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*South Dakota Congressional Primary

06/07/16

03/09/16 - 06/07/16

Primary Runoff

08/16/16

05/18/16 - 08/16/16

Tennessee Congressional Primary

08/04/16

05/06/16 - 08/04/16

Texas Congressional Primary

03/01/16 2

12/02/15 - 03/01/16

Primary Runoff

05/24/16

02/24/16 - 05/24/16

Texas House -- Minor Party Convention 
[Single County Districts #2-3, 7, 16, 18, 20, 29, 30]

03/12/16 2

12/13/15 - 03/12/16

Texas House -- Minor Party Convention 
[Multi-County Districts #1, 4-6, 8-15, 17, 19, 21-28, 31-36]

03/19/16 2

12/20/15 - 03/19/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*Utah Congressional Primary

06/28/16 2

03/30/16 - 06/28/16

*Utah Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party

04/23/16 2

01/24/16 - 04/23/16

*Utah Congressional Convention -- Republican Party

04/23/16 2

01/24/16 - 04/23/16

*Utah Congressional Convention -- Constitution Party

04/09/16 2

01/10/16 - 04/09/16

*Utah Congressional Convention -- Independent American Party

04/23/16 2

01/24/16 - 04/23/16

*Utah Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/23/16 2

01/24/16 - 04/23/16

*Vermont Congressional Primary

08/09/16

05/11/16 - 08/09/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

Virgin Islands Congressional Primary

08/06/16

05/08/16 - 08/06/16

Primary Runoff

08/27/16

05/29/16 - 08/27/16

General Runoff

11/22/16

08/24/16 - 11/22/16

Virginia Congressional Primary

06/14/16 2

03/16/16 - 06/14/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #1]

05/21/16 2

02/21/16 - 05/21/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #5]

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #6]

05/21/16 2

02/21/16 - 05/21/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #7]

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #9]

05/21/16 2

02/21/16 - 05/21/16

Virginia Congressional Caucus -- Democratic Party [Dist. #10]

06/13/16 2

03/15/16 - 06/13/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #3]

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #5]

05/14/16 2

02/14/16 - 05/14/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #7]

05/21/16 2

02/21/16 - 05/21/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #8]

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

Virginia Congressional Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #11]

05/14/16 2

02/14/16 - 05/14/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

*Washington Congressional Primary

08/02/16

05/04/16 - 08/02/16

West Virginia Congressional Primary

05/10/16 2

02/10/16 - 05/10/16

West Virginia Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

05/07/16 2

02/07/16 - 05/07/16

*Wisconsin Congressional Primary

08/09/16

05/11/16 - 08/09/16

Wyoming Congressional Primary

08/16/16

05/18/16 - 08/16/16

* States holding 2016 Senate elections.

1 Election dates are subject to change.  This chart will be updated as additional information becomes available.

2 In Connecticut and Utah, conventions are held by the political parties prior to the primary. In Virginia, parties may choose to nominate by convention rather than by primary election. (In other states, such as Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia, it is possible that minor parties may schedule conventions to nominate candidates.)

3 In AO 2000-29 [PDF], the Commission determined that the last day to qualify for a position on the general election ballot in Louisiana--in this case 07/22/16-- must be considered the primary election date for Louisiana candidates. See 11 CFR 100.2(c)(4)(i). The election for candidates seeking federal office is the general election scheduled for 11/08/16. Additionally, under state law if no candidate in the 11/08/16 general election receives over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on 12/10/16.

4 On February 23, 2016, the state of North Carolina changed the primary election date for its U.S. House of Representatives races from March 15, 2016, to June 7, 2016. The date change was necessitated by court ordered redistricting.

 

Coordinated Communications Period for Congressional General Election

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through date of general election)

General Election

11/08/16

08/10/16 - 11/08/16

 


Coordinated Communications Periods for Presidential Primary Elections 5

Alabama-Colorado
Connecticut-Guam
Hawaii-Kentucky
Louisiana-Missouri
Montana-New York
North Carolina-Rhode Island
South Carolina-Virgin Islands
Virginia-Wyoming
 

State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

Alabama Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Alaska Presidential Caucus (D)

03/26/16

11/27/15 - 11/08/16

Alaska Presidential Caucus (R)

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

American Samoa Presidential Caucus (D)

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

American Samoa Presidential Caucus (R)

03/22/16

11/23/15 - 11/08/16

Arizona Presidential Primary

03/22/16

11/23/15 - 11/08/16

Arkansas Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

California Presidential Primary

06/07/16

02/08/16 - 11/08/16

Colorado Presidential Caucus

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

Connecticut Presidential Primary

04/26/16

12/28/15 - 11/08/16

Delaware Presidential Primary

04/26/16

12/28/15 - 11/08/16

District of Columbia Presidential Primary

06/14/16

02/15/16 - 11/08/16

District of Columbia Presidential Convention (R)

03/12/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Florida Presidential Primary

03/15/16

11/16/15 - 11/08/16

Georgia Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Guam Presidential Caucus (D)

05/07/16

01/08/16 - 11/08/16

Guam Presidential Convention (R)

03/12/16

11/13/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

Hawaii Presidential Caucus (D)

03/26/16

11/27/15 - 11/08/16

Hawaii Presidential Caucus (R)

03/08/16

11/09/15 - 11/08/16

Idaho Presidential Primary

03/08/16

11/09/15 - 11/08/16

Idaho Presidential Caucus (D)

03/22/16

11/23/15 - 11/08/16

Illinois Presidential Primary

03/15/16

11/16/15 - 11/08/16

Indiana Presidential Primary

05/03/16

01/04/16 - 11/08/16

Iowa Presidential Caucus

02/01/16

10/04/15 - 11/08/16

Kansas Presidential Caucus

03/05/16

11/06/15 - 11/08/16

Kentucky Presidential Primary

05/17/16

01/18/16 - 11/08/16
Kentucky Presidential Caucus (D)

05/17/16

01/18/16 - 11/08/16

Kentucky Presidential Caucus (R)

03/05/16

11/06/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

Louisiana Presidential Primary

03/05/16

11/06/15 - 11/08/16

Maine Presidential Caucus (D)

03/06/16

11/07/15 - 11/08/16

Maine Presidential Caucus (R)

03/05/16

11/06/15 - 11/08/16

Maryland Presidential Primary

04/26/16

12/28/15 - 11/08/16

Massachusetts Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Michigan Presidential Primary

03/08/16

11/09/15 - 11/08/16

Minnesota Presidential Caucus

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Mississippi Presidential Primary

03/08/16

11/09/15 - 11/08/16

Missouri Presidential Primary

03/15/16

11/16/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

Montana Presidential Primary

06/07/16

02/08/16 - 11/08/16

Nebraska Presidential Primary

05/10/16

01/11/16 - 11/08/16

Nebraska Presidential Caucus (D)

03/05/16

11/06/15 - 11/08/16

Nevada Presidential Caucus (D)

02/20/16

10/23/15 - 11/08/16

Nevada Presidential Caucus (R)

02/23/16

10/26/15 - 11/08/16

New Hampshire Presidential Primary

02/09/16

10/12/15 - 11/08/16

New Jersey Presidential Primary

06/07/16

02/08/16 - 11/08/16

New Mexico Presidential Primary

06/07/16

02/08/16 - 11/08/16

New York Presidential Primary

04/19/16

12/21/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

North Carolina Presidential Primary

03/15/16

11/16/15 - 11/08/16

North Dakota Presidential Caucus (D)

06/07/16

02/08/16 - 11/08/16

North Dakota Presidential Convention (R)

04/02/16

12/04/15 - 11/08/16

Northern Mariana Islands Presidential Caucus (D)

03/12/16

11/13/15 - 11/08/16

Northern Mariana Islands Presidential Caucus (R)

03/15/16

11/16/15 - 11/08/16

Ohio Presidential Primary

03/15/16

11/16/15 - 11/08/16

Oklahoma Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Oregon Presidential Primary

05/17/16

01/18/16 - 11/08/16

Pennsylvania Presidential Primary

04/26/16

12/28/15 - 11/08/16

Puerto Rico Presidential Primary (D)

06/05/16

02/06/16 - 11/08/16

Puerto Rico Presidential Primary (R)

03/06/16

11/07/15 - 11/08/16

Rhode Island Presidential Primary

04/26/16

12/28/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

South Carolina Presidential Primary (D)

02/27/16

10/30/15 - 11/08/16

South Carolina Presidential Primary (R)

02/20/16

10/23/15 - 11/08/16

South Dakota Presidential Primary

06/07/16

02/08/16 - 11/08/16

Tennessee Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Texas Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Utah Presidential Caucus (D)

03/22/16

11/23/16 - 11/08/16

Utah Presidential Caucus (R)

03/22/16

11/23/16 - 11/08/16

Vermont Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Virgin Islands Presidential Caucus (D)

06/04/16

02/05/16 - 11/08/16

Virgin Islands Presidential Caucus (R)

03/19/16

11/20/15 - 11/08/16

State & Type of Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior to primary
through date of general election)

Virginia Presidential Primary

03/01/16

11/02/15 - 11/08/16

Washington Presidential Primary

05/24/16

01/25/16 - 11/08/16

Washington Presidential Caucus (D)

03/26/16

11/27/15 - 11/08/16

Washington Presidential Caucus (R)

02/20/16

10/23/15 - 11/08/16

West Virginia Presidential Primary

05/10/16

01/11/16 - 11/08/16

Wisconsin Presidential Primary

04/05/16

12/07/15 - 11/08/16

Wyoming Presidential Convention (D)

05/28/16

01/29/16 - 11/08/16

Wyoming Presidential Convention (R)

04/14/16

12/16/15 - 11/08/16

5 Because delegate selection rules vary by state and by party, some Presidential election, caucus and convention dates are not yet available, and the published dates are subject to change.  In some states, for example, one or both major parties intend to hold caucuses but have not finalized their plans.  To account for these and other similar situations, this chart will be updated as additional information becomes available.

 


Coordinated Communications Period for National Party Presidential Nominating Conventions

Special Election

Convention Dates

Coordinated Communications Period
(120-days prior through
date of general election)

Democrat

07/25/16 - 07/28/16

03/30/16 - 11/08/16

Republican

07/18/16 - 07/21/16

03/23/16 - 11/08/16

 

 


Coordinated Communications Periods for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through election date)

Hawaii 1st Congressional District
Special General

11/08/16

08/10/16 - 11/08/16

Kentucky 1st Congressional District
Special General
11/08/16
08/10/16 - 11/08/16
Ohio 8th Congressional District
Special Primary
03/15/16
12/16/15 - 03/15/16
Ohio 8th Congressional District
Special General
06/07/16
03/09/16 - 06/07/16
Ohio 8th Congressional District
Special Primary - Democratic Party
09/13/2016
06/15/16 - 09/13/16
Pennsylvania 2nd Congressional District
Special General
11/08/16
08/10/16 - 11/08/16