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Coordinated Communications Periods

When a person 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.

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 below provide a breakdown of the 90-day coordinated communications periods for the 2017-18 House and Senate 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 2017-18 Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

Coordinated Communications Period
(90-days prior through
election date)
Alabama Senate
Special Primary
08/15/17
05/17/17 - 08/15/17
Alabama Senate
Special Primary Runoff
09/26/17
06/28/17 - 09/26/17
Alabama Senate
Special General
12/12/17
09/13/17 - 12/12/17
Arizona 8th Congressional District
Special Primary
02/27/18 11/29/17 - 02/27/18
Arizona 8th Congressional District
Special General
04/24/18 01/24/18 - 04/24/18
California 34th Congressional District
Special General
04/04/17
01/04/17 - 04/04/17
California 34th Congressional District
Special Runoff
06/06/17
03/08/17 - 06/06/17
Georgia 6th Congressional District
Special General
04/18/17
01/18/17 - 04/18/17
Georgia 6th Congressional District
Special Runoff
06/20/17
03/22/17 - 06/20/17
Kansas 4th Congressional District
Special General
04/11/17 01/11/17 - 04/11/17
Michigan 13th Congressional District
Special Primary
08/07/18 05/09/18 - 08/07/18
Michigan 13th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/18 08/08/18 - 11/06/18
Montana At-Large Congressional District
Special General
05/25/17 02/24/17 - 05/25/17
Pennsylvania 18th Congressional District
Special General
03/13/18 12/13/17 - 03/13/18
South Carolina 5th Congressional District
Special Primary
05/02/17 02/01/17 - 05/02/17
South Carolina 5th Congressional District
Special Primary Runoff
05/16/17 02/15/17 - 05/16/17
South Carolina 5th Congressional District
Special General
06/20/17 03/22/17 - 06/20/17
Utah 3rd Congressional District
Special Primary
08/15/17 05/17/17 - 08/15/17
Utah 3rd Congressional District
Special General
11/07/17 08/09/17 - 11/07/17