From MAB Washington Attorney David Oxenford;  Presidential primaries and caucuses are right around the corner, including the election-heavy day in March often dubbed Super Tuesday. This means stations in more than two dozen states will soon find themselves within the 45-day primary/caucus political window, which brings with it special obligations like lowest unit rates for candidates. With lowest unit charge windows opening on December 20, 2019 (Iowa), December 28, 2019 (New Hampshire), January 8, 2020 (Nevada), January 15, 2020 (South Carolina), January 18, 2020 (Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia), January 23, 2020 (Puerto Rico), January 25, 2020 (Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington State), January 27, 2020 (U.S. Virgin Islands and West Virginia), and January 29, 2020 (Guam, N. Mariana Islands and Wyoming), stations should plan ahead to be sure station employees understand the requirements that go along with political advertising, including lowest unit charge and the expanded public file disclosure obligations issued by the FCC in mid-October.

For more guidance on navigating election season, see our Political Broadcasting Guide for Broadcasters.

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