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Coordinated Communications Periods for 2012

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

03/13/12

12/14/11 - 03/13/12

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

04/24/12

01/25/12 - 04/24/12
Alaska Congressional Primary

08/28/12

05/30/12 - 08/28/12
American Samoa Congressional Primary

11/06/12

08/08/12 - 11/06/12
*Arizona Congressional Primary

08/28/12

05/30/12 - 08/28/12
Arkansas Congressional Primary

05/22/12

02/22/12 - 05/22/12

Primary Runoff

06/12/12

03/14/12 - 06/12/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*California Congressional Primary

06/05/12

03/07/12 - 06/05/12
Colorado Congressional Primary

06/26/12

03/28/12 - 06/26/12
*Connecticut Congressional Primary

08/14/12 2

05/16/12 - 08/14/12
Connecticut Democratic Party Conventions - Senate

05/12/12 2

02/12/12 - 05/12/12
Connecticut Democratic Party Conventions - House

05/14/12 2

02/14/12 - 05/14/12
Connecticut Republican Party Conventions - House & Senate

05/18/12 2

02/18/12 - 05/18/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Delaware Congressional Primary

09/11/12

06/13/12 - 09/11/12
District of Columbia Congressional Primary

04/03/12

01/04/12 - 04/03/12
*Florida Congressional Primary

08/14/12

05/16/12 - 08/14/12
Georgia Congressional Primary

07/31/12

05/02/12 - 07/31/12

Primary Runoff

08/21/12

05/23/12 - 08/21/12

General Runoff
(NOT HELD)

12/04/12

09/05/12 - 12/04/12
Guam Congressional Primary

09/01/12

06/03/12 - 09/01/12
General Runoff
(NOT HELD)
11/20/12
08/22/12 - 11/20/12
*Hawaii Congressional Primary

08/11/12

05/13/12 - 08/11/12
Idaho Congressional Primary

05/15/12

02/15/12 - 05/15/12
Illinois Congressional Primary

03/20/12

12/21/11 - 03/20/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Indiana Congressional Primary

05/08/12 2

02/08/12 - 05/08/12
*Indiana Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party
03/24/12 2
12/25/11 - 03/24/12
Iowa Congressional Primary

06/05/12

03/07/12 - 06/05/12
Kansas Congressional Primary

08/07/12 2

05/09/12 - 08/07/12
Kansas Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party
03/24/12
12/25/11 - 03/24/12
Kentucky Congressional Primary

05/22/12

02/22/12 - 05/22/12
Louisiana Congressional Primary

08/17/12 3

05/19/12 - 08/17/12

General

11/06/12 3

08/08/12 - 11/06/12

General Runoff
(LA/03 ONLY)

12/08/12 3

09/09/12 - 12/08/12
*Maine Congressional Primary

06/12/12

03/14/12 - 06/12/12
*Maryland Congressional Primary

04/03/12

01/04/12 - 04/03/12
*Maryland Congressional Convention -- Green Party
05/12/12
02/12/12 - 05/12/12
*Maryland Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party
03/03/12
12/04/11 - 03/03/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Massachusetts Congressional Primary

09/06/12

06/08/12 - 09/06/12
*Michigan Congressional Primary

08/07/12 2

05/09/12 - 08/07/12
*Michigan Congressional Convention -- Green Party
06/03/12 2
03/05/12 - 06/03/12
*Michigan Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party

06/02/12 2

03/04/12 - 06/02/12
*Michigan Congressional Convention -- U.S. Taxpayers Party
06/16/12 2
03/18/12 - 06/16/12
*Minnesota Congressional Primary

08/14/12

05/16/12 - 08/14/12
*Mississippi Congressional Primary

03/13/12

12/14/11 - 03/13/12

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

04/03/12

01/04/12 - 04/03/12
*Missouri Congressional Primary

08/07/12

05/09/12 - 08/07/12
*Montana Congressional Primary

06/05/12

03/07/12 - 06/05/12
Nebraska Congressional Primary

05/15/12

02/15/12 - 05/15/12
*Nevada Congressional Primary

06/12/12

03/14/12 - 06/12/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

New Hampshire Congressional Primary

09/11/12

06/13/12 - 09/11/12
New Jersey Congressional Primary

06/05/12

03/07/12 - 06/05/12
*New Mexico Congressional Primary

06/05/12

03/07/12 - 06/05/12
*New York Congressional Primary

06/26/12

03/28/12 - 06/26/12
North Carolina Congressional Primary

05/08/12

02/08/12 - 05/08/12

Primary Runoff

07/17/12

04/18/12 - 07/17/12
*North Dakota Congressional Primary

06/12/12

03/14/12 - 06/12/12
*Ohio Primary

03/06/12

12/07/11 - 03/06/12
Oklahoma Congressional Primary

06/26/12

03/28/12 - 06/26/12

Primary Runoff

08/28/12

05/30/12 - 08/28/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Oregon Congressional Primary

05/15/12

02/15/12 - 05/15/12
Oregon Constitution Party Convention

05/19/12

02/19/12 - 05/19/12
Oregon Independent Party Primary
07/17/12
04/18/12 - 07/17/12
Oregon Libertarian Party Convention
06/29/12
03/31/12 - 06/29/12
Oregon Pacific Green Party Convention
06/02/12
03/04/12 - 06/02/12
*Pennsylvania Congressional Primary

04/24/12

01/25/12 - 04/24/12
Puerto Rico Congressional Primary

03/18/12

12/19/11 - 03/18/12
*Rhode Island Congressional Primary

09/11/12

06/13/12 - 09/11/12
South Carolina Congressional Primary

06/12/12 2

03/14/12 - 06/12/12

Primary Runoff

06/26/12

03/28/12 - 06/26/12
South Carolina Constitution Party Convention
05/12/12 2
02/12/12 - 05/12/12
South Carolina Green Party Convention
04/28/12 2
01/29/12 - 04/28/12
South Carolina Libertarian Party Convention
04/21/12 2
01/22/12 - 04/21/12
South Carolina Working Families Party Convention

05/05/12 2

02/05/12 - 05/05/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

South Dakota Congressional Primary

06/05/12

03/07/12 - 06/05/12

Primary Runoff

06/26/12

03/28/12 - 06/26/12
*Tennessee Congressional Primary

08/02/12

05/04/12 - 08/02/12
*Texas Congressional Primary

0/29/12 2

02/29/12 - 05/29/12

Primary Runoff

07/31/12

05/02/12 - 07/31/12
*Texas Minor Party Senate Conventions
06/09/12 2
03/11/12 - 06/09/12

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

03/24/12 2
12/25/11 - 03/24/12

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

03/17/12 2

12/18/11 - 03/17/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Utah Congressional Primary

06/26/12 2

03/28/12 - 06/26/12
Utah Congressional Conventions -- Democratic & Republican Parties

04/21/12 2

01/22/12 - 04/21/12
Utah Congressional Convention -- Constitution Party

04/07/12 2

01/08/12 - 04/07/12
Utah Congressional Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/21/12 2
01/22/12 - 04/21/12
*Vermont Congressional Primary

08/28/12

05/30/12 - 08/28/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Virgin Islands Congressional Primary

09/08/12

06/10/12 - 09/08/12

Primary Runoff

09/22/12

06/24/12 - 09/22/12
General Runoff
(NOT HELD)
11/20/12
08/22/12 - 11/20/12
*Virginia Congressional Primary

06/12/12 2

03/14/12 - 06/12/12
Virginia Democratic Party Convention
[Dist. #s 1, 10]
05/12/12 2 02/12/12 - 05/12/12

Virginia Democratic Party Convention
[Dist. #s 5, 9]

05/19/12 2

02/19/12 - 05/19/12
Virginia Democratic Party Convention
[Dist. # 7]
04/28/12 2 01/29/12 - 04/28/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Washington Congressional Primary

08/07/12

05/09/12 - 08/07/12
*West Virginia Congressional Primary

05/08/12 2

02/08/12 - 05/08/12
*Wisconsin Congressional Primary

08/14/12

05/16/12 - 08/14/12
*Wyoming Congressional Primary

08/21/12

05/23/12 - 08/21/12

* States holding 2012 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, Michigan, 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 08/17/12-- 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 11/06/12. Additionally, under state law if no candidate in the 11/06/12 general election receives over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on 12/01/12.

 

Coordinated Communications Period for Congressional General Election

Special Election

Election Date

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

General Election
11/06/12
08/08/12 - 11/06/12

 


Coordinated Communications Periods for Presidential Primary Elections 4

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

03/13/12

11/14/11 - 11/06/12
Alaska Presidential Caucus (D) 04/16/12 12/18/11 - 11/06/12
Alaska Presidential Caucus (R) 03/06/12 11/07/11 - 11/06/12
American Samoa Presidential Caucus (D) 03/06/12 11/07/11 - 11/06/12
American Samoa Presidential Caucus (R) 03/13/12 11/14/11 - 11/06/12
Arizona Presidential Primary

02/28/12

10/31/11 - 11/06/12
Arkansas Presidential Primary

05/22/12

01/23/12 - 11/06/12
California Presidential Primary

06/05/12

02/06/12 - 11/06/12
Colorado Presidential Caucus (R)

02/07/12

10/10/11 - 11/06/12
Colorado Presidential Caucus (D)

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

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

Connecticut Presidential Primary

04/24/12

12/26/11 - 11/06/12
Delaware Presidential Primary

04/24/12

12/26/11 - 11/06/12
District of Columbia Presidential Primary 04/03/12 12/05/11 - 11/06/12
Florida Presidential Primary

01/31/12

10/03/11 - 11/06/12
Georgia Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Guam Presidential Caucus (D) 05/05/12 01/06/12 - 11/06/12
Guam Presidential Caucus (R) 03/10/12 11/11/12 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

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

Hawaii Presidential Caucus (D)

03/07/12

11/08/11 - 11/06/12
Hawaii Presidential Caucus (R)

03/13/12

11/14/12 - 11/06/12
Idaho Presidential Caucus (D)

04/14/12

12/16/11 - 11/06/12
Idaho Presidential Caucus (R)
03/06/12
11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Illinois Presidential Primary

03/20/12

11/21/11 - 11/06/12
Indiana Presidential Primary

05/08/12

01/09/12 - 11/06/12
Iowa Presidential Caucus

01/03/12

09/05/11 - 11/06/12
Kansas Presidential Caucus (D)

04/14/12

12/16/11 - 11/06/12
Kansas Presidential Convention (R) 03/10/12 11/11/11 - 11/06/12
Kentucky Presidential Primary

05/22/12

01/23/12 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

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

Louisiana Presidential Primary

03/24/12

11/25/11 - 11/06/12
Maine Presidential Caucus (D)

03/11/12

11/12/11 - 11/06/12
Maine Presidential Caucus (R)

02/11/12

10/14/11 - 11/06/12
Maryland Presidential Primary

04/03/12

12/05/11 - 11/06/12
Massachusetts Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Michigan Presidential Primary

02/28/12

10/31/11 - 11/06/12
Minnesota Presidential Caucus

02/07/12

10/10/11 - 11/06/12
Mississippi Presidential Primary

03/13/12

11/14/11 - 11/06/12
Missouri Presidential Primary

02/07/12

10/10/11 - 11/06/12
Missouri Presidential Caucus (R)

03/17/12

11/18/11 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

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

Montana Presidential Primary

06/05/12

02/06/12 - 11/06/12
Nebraska Presidential Primary

05/15/12

01/16/12 - 11/06/12
Nevada Presidential Caucus (D)

01/21/12

09/23/11 - 11/06/12
Nevada Presidential Caucus

02/04/12

10/07/11 - 11/06/12
New Hampshire Presidential Primary

01/10/12

09/12/11 - 11/06/12
New Jersey Presidential Primary

06/05/12

02/06/12 - 11/06/12
New Mexico Presidential Primary

06/05/12

02/06/12 - 11/06/12
New York Presidential Primary

04/24/12

12/26/11 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Primary Election Date

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

North Carolina Presidential Primary

05/08/12

01/09/12 - 11/06/12
North Dakota Presidential Caucus (D)

06/05/12

02/06/12 - 11/06/12
North Dakota Presidential Caucus (R)

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Northern Mariana Islands Presidential Caucus (D)
TBA
TBA
Northern Mariana Islands Presidential Caucus (R)
03/10/12
11/11/12 - 11/06/12
Ohio Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Oklahoma Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Oregon Presidential Primary

05/15/12

01/16/12 - 11/06/12
Pennsylvania Presidential Primary

04/24/12

12/26/11 - 11/06/12
Puerto Rico Presidential Caucus (D) 06/03/12 02/04/12 - 11/06/12
Puerto Rico Presidential Primary (R) 03/18/12 11/19/11 - 11/06/12
Rhode Island Presidential Primary

04/24/12

12/26/11 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

South Carolina Presidential Primary (R)
01/21/12
09/23/11 - 11/06/12
South Carolina Presidential Primary (D)

01/28/12

09/30/11 - 11/06/12
South Dakota Presidential Primary

06/05/12

02/06/12 - 11/06/12
Tennessee Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Texas Presidential Primary

05/29/12

01/30/12 - 11/06/12
Utah Presidential Caucus (D)
03/13/12
11/14/11 - 11/06/12
Utah Presidential Primary (R)

06/26/12

02/27/12 - 11/06/12
Vermont Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Virgin Islands Presidential Caucus (D)
06/03/12
02/04/12 - 11/06/12
Virgin Islands Presidential Caucus (R)

03/10/12

11/11/11 - 11/06/12
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Virginia Presidential Primary

03/06/12

11/07/11 - 11/06/12
Washington Presidential Caucus (R)

03/03/12

11/04/11 - 11/06/12
Washington Presidential Primary

04/15/12

12/17/11 - 11/06/12
West Virginia Presidential Primary

05/08/12

01/09/12 - 11/06/12
Wisconsin Presidential Primary

04/03/12

12/05/11 - 11/06/12
Wyoming Presidential Caucus (D)

04/14/12

12/16/11 - 11/06/12
Wyoming Presidential Convention (R) 03/10/12 11/11/11 - 11/06/12

4 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 to primary
through date of general election)

Democrat
09/03/12 - 09/06/12
05/09/12 - 11/06/12
Republican
08/27/12 - 08/30/12
05/02/12 - 11/06/12

 


Coordinated Communications Periods for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

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

Arizona 8th Congressional District
Special Primary
04/17/12
01/18/12 - 04/17/12
Arizona 8th Congressional District
Special General
06/12/12
03/14/12 - 06/12/12
Kentucky 4th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/12
08/08/12 - 11/06/12
Michigan 11th Congressional District
Special Primary
09/05/12
06/07/12 - 09/05/12
Michigan 11th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/12
08/08/12 - 11/06/12
New Jersey 10th Congressional District
Special Primary
06/05/12
03/07/12 - 06/05/12
New Jersey 10th Congressional District
Special General
11/06/12
08/08/12 - 11/06/12
Oregon 1st Congressional District
Special Primary
11/08/11
08/10/11 - 11/08/11
Oregon 1st Congressional District
Special General
01/31/12
11/02/11 - 01/31/12
Washington 1st Congressional District
Special Primary
08/07/12
05/09/12 - 08/07/12
Washington 1st Congressional District
Special General
11/06/12
08/08/12 - 11/06/12