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FCC Political Window Opens Friday, Sept. 9

Friday marks an important date for commercial Radio and TV broadcasters – Sept. 9 is the opening of the FCC’s political window for the Nov. 8 general election.

The date is important because most of the FCC’s political rules, such as lowest unit charge, come into play during FCC political windows.

The fall general election political window is a 60-day period, as is the political window for municipal and school board elections.  

The primary election and any primary election runoffs feature a 45-day period.

For a complete review of the LUC regulation and the FCC’s other political rules, stations can read and download TAB’s Guide to Political Broadcasting compiled by TAB’s FCC legal counsel Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

The guide includes TAB’s Political Forms which stations can use to capture the information the FCC requires for political recordkeeping that is uploaded to the online station Public Inspection File.

The guide and forms, as well as other TAB legal guides and advisories, may be downloaded from the 

Look for the “Member Services” tab on the TAB main page and once there, station staff will need to login to view the “Legal Guides/Hotline” page.

Questions on accessing the Members Services sections of Contact TAB

FCC political broadcasting questions? Contact TAB’s Michael Schneider or call (512) 322-9944.

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