What are electioneering communications?

Monday, November 18, 2002

These are defined by the new law as “any broadcast, cable or satellite communication which refers to a clearly identified candidate for federal office” within 60 days before a general election or 30 days before a primary. The law prohibits corporations and unions from using money from their treasuries to pay for these ads, though their political-action committees could pay for them using procedures that call for disclosing the source of the money. Electioneering ads in newspapers and magazines are still permitted and are not affected by the new law.