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Political Broadcasting

The New York Election Schedule

The schedule for this year’s election can be found here


Note: The lowest unit charge period begins 45 days prior to a primary election and 60 days prior to a general election.

Additional New York State and Federal elections information can be found on the New York Board of Elections website.

To access the website, click here.

Political Primer

The FCC’s rules regarding political broadcasting are complex. Our friends at the DC law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop, Shaw Pittman LLP produced an excellent primer on the FCC’s political rules. You may access a copy of the Primer here


FCC’s Political Rules website can be accessed here.


Political Forms

FCC rules require stations to place information regarding firm political advertising offers into their online political file within one business day. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has designed specific forms (PB 19) for both candidate and non-candidate political ad purchases. They are provided to NAB members for free.


If you are not a member of the NAB, then you can click here to purchase them.


Political Rules Webcasts

The FCC’s political rules are complex. Over the years we have participated in several webinars that provide a good background on the FCC’s rules. 

Political File Webinar - Click here

Political Advertising Rules Webinar: Moderated by David Oxenford of the DC law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. The staff of the FCC's Office of Political Programming answers questions during the webinar (Presented on November 20, 2023).

  • Click here to view the webinar.

  • Click here to view the slide deck.


FCC Political Rules: Getting Ready for 2022 with David Oxenford Esq. Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (Presented on November 18, 2021)

  • Click here to view the webinar

FCC Political File Compliance Webinar: featuring FCC’s Political Broadcast Team (Presented on August 19, 2020)

  • Click here for a summary of the webinar

  • Click here ​to see the slide deck

  • ​Click here to view the webinar and enter the password %W?6.xrV

Political Advertising Rules Webinar: with the noted law firm of Fletcher Heald and FCC Attorney Bobby Baker (Presented  on January 18, 2018)

  • Click here to view the webinar

FCC Political Rules - Updated webinar on FCC Political Rules - Click here

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