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Coordinated Communications Periods for 2014

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-day coordinated communications periods for Congressional primaries, 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 Primary

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14

Primary Runoff

07/15/14

04/16/14 - 07/15/14
*Alaska Primary

08/19/14

05/21/14 - 08/19/14
American Samoa General

11/04/14

08/06/14 - 11/04/14
Arizona Primary

08/26/14

05/28/14 - 08/26/14
*Arkansas Primary

05/20/14

02/19/14 - 05/20/14

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

06/10/14

03/12/14 - 06/10/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

California Primary

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14
*Colorado Primary

06/24/14

03/26/14 - 06/24/14
Connecticut Primary
(NOT HELD)

08/12/14 2

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

05/14/14 2

02/13/14 - 05/14/14
Connecticut Conventions -- Republican Party

05/16/14 2

02/15/14 - 05/16/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Delaware Primary

09/09/14

06/11/14 - 09/09/14
*Delaware Convention -- Independent Party

07/26/14

04/27/14 - 07/26/14
*Delaware Convention -- Libertarian Party

03/08/14

12/08/13 - 03/08/14
District of Columbia Primary

04/01/14

01/01/14 - 04/01/14
Florida Primary

08/26/14

05/28/14 - 08/26/14
*Georgia Primary

05/20/14

02/19/14 - 05/20/14

Primary Runoff

07/22/14

04/23/14 - 07/22/14
General Runoff
01/06/15
10/08/14 - 01/06/15
Guam Primary

08/30/14

06/01/14 - 08/30/14

General Runoff

11/18/14
08/20/14 - 11/18/14
Hawaii Primary

08/09/14

05/11/14 - 08/09/14
*Idaho Primary

05/20/14

02/19/14 - 05/20/14
*Illinois Primary

03/18/14

12/18/13 - 03/18/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Indiana Primary

05/06/14 2

02/05/14 - 05/06/14
Indiana Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/26/14 2
01/26/14 - 04/26/14
*Iowa Primary

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14
*Iowa Senate Runoff Convention -- Republican Party
(NOT HELD)

06/14/14

03/16/14 - 06/14/14
Iowa Runoff Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #1]
(NOT HELD)

06/14/14

03/16/14 - 06/14/14
Iowa Runoff Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #3]

06/21/14

03/23/14 - 06/21/14
*Kansas Primary

08/05/14 2

05/07/14 - 08/05/14
*Kansas Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/26/14 2
01/26/14 - 04/26/14
*Kentucky Primary

05/20/14

02/19/14 - 05/20/14
*Louisiana Primary

08/22/14 3

05/24/14 - 08/22/14

General

11/04/14 3

08/06/14 - 11/04/14

General Runoff

12/06/14 3

09/07/14 - 12/06/14
*Maine Primary

06/10/14

03/12/14 - 06/10/14
Maryland Primary

06/24/14 2

03/26/14 - 06/24/14
Maryland Convention -- Green Party
05/31/14 2
03/02/14 - 05/31/14
Maryland Convention -- Libertarian Party
04/05/14 2
01/05/14 - 04/05/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Massachusetts Primary

09/09/14

06/11/14 - 09/09/14
*Michigan Primary

08/05/14 2

05/07/14 - 08/05/14
*Michigan Convention -- Green Party
06/08/14 2
03/10/14 - 06/08/14
*Michigan Convention -- Libertarian Party
05/17/14 2
02/16/14 - 05/17/14
*Michigan Convention -- Natural Law Party
07/30/14 2
05/01/14 - 07/30/14
*Michigan Convention -- U.S. Taxpayers Party
06/28/14 2
03/30/14 - 06/28/14
*Minnesota Primary

08/12/14

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

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14

Primary Runoff

06/24/14

03/26/14 - 06/24/14
Missouri Primary

08/05/14

05/07/14 - 08/05/14
*Montana Primary

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14
*Nebraska Primary

05/13/14

02/12/14 - 05/13/14
Nevada Primary

06/10/14

03/12/14 - 06/10/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*New Hampshire Primary

09/09/14

06/11/14 - 09/09/14
*New Jersey Primary

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14
*New Mexico Primary

06/03/14

03/05/14 - 06/03/14
New York Primary
06/24/14
03/26/14 - 06/24/14
*North Carolina Primary

05/06/14

02/05/14 - 05/06/14

Primary Runoff

07/15/14

04/16/14 - 07/15/14
North Dakota Primary

06/10/14

03/12/14 - 06/10/14
Northern Mariana Islands General

11/04/14

08/06/14 - 11/04/14
Ohio Primary
05/06/14
02/05/14 - 05/06/14
*Oklahoma Primary
06/24/14
03/26/14 - 06/24/14

Primary Runoff

08/26/14
05/28/14 - 08/26/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*Oregon Primary

05/20/14 2

02/19/14 - 05/20/14
*Oregon Convention -- Constitution Party
05/24/14 2
02/23/14 - 05/24/14
*Oregon Primary -- Independent Party
07/19/14 2
04/20/14 - 07/19/14
*Oregon Primary -- Libertarian Party
06/06/14 2
03/08/14 - 06/06/14
*Oregon Convention -- Pacific Green Party
06/07/14 2
03/09/14 - 06/07/14
Oregon Caucus -- Working Families Party [Dist. #1]
07/22/14 2
04/23/14 - 07/22/14
Oregon Caucus -- Working Families Party [Dist. #2]
07/09/14 2
04/10/14 - 07/09/14
Oregon Caucus -- Working Families Party [Dist. #3]
07/22/14 2
04/23/14 - 07/22/14
Oregon Caucus -- Working Families Party [Dist. #4]
07/14/14 2
04/15/14 - 07/14/14
Oregon Caucus -- Working Families Party [Dist. #5]
07/10/14 2
04/11/14 - 07/10/14
Pennsylvania Primary
05/20/14
02/19/14 - 05/20/14
Puerto Rico Primary
(no federal elections held in 2014)
*Rhode Island Primary
09/09/14
06/11/14 - 09/09/14
*South Carolina Primary

06/10/14 2

03/12/14 - 06/10/14

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

06/24/14

03/26/14 - 06/24/14
*South Carolina Convention -- American Party
05/10/14 2
02/09/14 - 05/10/14
*South Carolina Convention -- Constitution Party
TBA 2
TBA
*South Carolina Convention -- Green Party
05/03/14 2
02/02/14 - 05/03/14
*South Carolina Convention -- Independence Party
TBA 2
TBA
*South Carolina Convention -- Labor Party
08/02/14 2
05/04/14 - 08/02/14
*South Carolina Convention -- Libertarian Party
05/10/14 2
02/09/14 - 05/10/14
*South Carolina Convention -- United Citizens Party
TBA 2
TBA
*South Carolina Convention -- Working Families Party
TBA 2
TBA
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

*South Dakota Primary
06/03/14
03/05/14 - 06/03/14

Primary Runoff
(NOT HELD)

08/12/14
05/14/14 - 08/12/14
*Tennessee Primary

08/07/14

05/09/14 - 08/07/14
*Texas Primary
03/04/14 2
12/04/13 - 03/04/14

Primary Runoff

05/27/14
02/26/14 - 05/27/14
*Texas Senate Convention -- Minor Party
04/12/14 2
01/12/14 - 04/12/14
Texas Convention -- Minor Party
[Single County Districts # 2, 3, 7, 16, 18, 20, 29, 30]
03/15/14 2
12/15/13 - 03/15/14
Texas Convention -- Minor Party
[Multi-County Districts # 1, 2-6, 8-15, 17, 19, 21-28, 31-36]
03/22/14 2
12/22/13 - 03/22/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Utah Primary
(NOT HELD)

06/24/14 2

03/26/14 - 06/24/14
Utah Convention -- Democratic Party

04/26/14 2

01/26/14 - 04/26/14
Utah Convention -- Republican Party

04/26/14 2

01/26/14 - 04/26/14
Utah Convention -- Constitution Party

05/03/14 2

02/02/14 - 05/03/14
Utah Convention -- Libertarian Party

04/26/14 2

01/26/14 - 04/26/14
Utah Convention -- Utah Justice Party

TBA 2

TBA
Vermont Primary
08/26/14
05/28/14 - 08/26/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Virgin Islands Primary

08/02/14

05/04/14 - 08/02/14

General Runoff

11/18/14
08/20/14 - 11/18/14
*Virginia Primary
06/10/14 2
03/12/14 - 06/10/14
*Virginia Senate Convention -- Republican Party
06/07/14 2
03/09/14 - 06/07/14
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #1]
06/07/14 2
03/09/14 - 06/07/14
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #3]
05/03/14 2
02/02/14 - 05/03/14
Virginia Democratic Party Caucus [Dist. #4]
05/29/14 2
02/28/14 - 05/29/14
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #5]
05/31/14 2
03/02/14 - 05/31/14
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #6]
05/17/14 2
02/16/14 - 05/17/14
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #7]
**cancelled**
05/03/14 2
02/02/14 - 05/03/14
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #8]
04/26/14 2
01/26/14 - 04/26/14
Virginia Convention -- Democratic Party [Dist. #9]
05/10/14 2
02/09/14 - 05/10/14
Virginia Democratic Party Caucus [Dist. #10]
06/10/14 2
03/12/14 - 06/10/14
Virginia Republican Party Canvass [Dist. #10]
04/26/14 2
01/26/14 - 04/26/14
Virginia Convention -- Republican Party [Dist. #11]
05/10/14 2
02/09/14 - 05/10/14
State & Type of Election

Election Date

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

Washington Primary

08/05/14

05/07/14 - 08/05/14
*West Virginia Primary
05/13/14 2
02/12/14 - 05/13/14
*West Virginia Convention -- Libertarian Party
03/08/14 2
12/08/13 - 03/08/14
*West Virginia Convention -- Mountain Party
07/19/14 2
04/20/14 - 07/19/14
Wisconsin Primary

08/12/14

05/14/14 - 08/12/14
*Wyoming Primary
08/19/14
05/21/14 - 08/19/14

* States holding 2014 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 08/22/14--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 11/04/14. Additionally, under state law if no candidate in the 11/04/14 general election receives over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held on 12/06/14.

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Coordinated Communications Period for the General Election

Special Election

Election Date

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

General Election
11/04/14
08/06/14 - 11/04/14

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Coordinated Communications Periods for Special Elections

Special Election

Election Date

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

Florida 13th Congressional District
Special Primary
01/14/14
10/16/13 - 01/14/14
Florida 13th Congressional District
Special General
03/11/14
12/11/13 - 03/11/14
Florida 19th Congressional District
Special Primary
04/22/14
01/22/14 - 04/22/14
Florida 19th Congressional District
Special General
06/24/14
03/26/14 - 06/24/14
North Carolina 12th Congressional District
Special Primary

05/06/14

02/05/14 - 05/06/14

North Carolina 12th Congressional District
Special Runoff

07/15/14

04/16/14 - 07/15/14

North Carolina 12th Congressional District
Special General

11/04/14

08/06/14 - 11/04/14
New Jersey 1st Congressional District
Special Primary
06/03/14
03/05/14 - 06/03/14
New Jersey 1st Congressional District
Special General
11/04/14
08/06/14 - 11/04/14
Oklahoma Senate
Special Primary
06/24/14
03/26/14 - 06/24/14
Oklahoma Senate
Special Runoff
08/26/14
05/28/14 - 08/26/14
Oklahoma Senate
Special General
11/04/14
08/06/14 - 11/04/14
Virginia 7th Congressional District
Special General
11/04/14
08/06/14 - 11/04/14

 

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