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Mission Statement

To monitor and to enforce, in a fair and impartial manner, campaign practices and campaign finance disclosure, lobbying disclosure, business interest disclosure of statewide and state district candidates, elected state officials, and state department directors, ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees, and to investigate legitimate complaints that arise concerning any of the foregoing.

History

Year Changes Commissioner
1975
 
Office of Commissioner of Campaign Finances & Practices: established for full disclosure and reporting of the sources and disposition of funds used to influence elections in Montana John H. Hanson
1981
 
Additional responsibilities added to Office of Commissioner of Political Practices: both lobbying disclosure and disclosure of business interests of elected officials Peg Krivec
1987
  Dolores Colburg
1993
1994
1995
Code of Ethics enacted: responsibility added for the administration of ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees Ed Argenbright
1999
  Linda Vaughey

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010

2008:Campaign practice complaints dramatically
increase in number. The complaint docket becomes
increasingly large with 40 or more complaints
routinely listed on docket. Up to this time COPP has
a four person staff consisting of the Commissioner
and 3 staff. All legal work has been handled by outside
counsel working under contract with COPP

2010: Investigator position added to COPP staff,
increasing staff size to five. 
 

Gordon Higgins
(through July 2006)

Dennis Unsworth
(from Sept. 2006)

2011 2012
2013
2014
2015
2016

In-house counsel position added to COPP staff,
increasing staff size to six. 

Jennifer L. Hensley
(through May 2011)

David B. Gallik
(through Jan. 2012)

James W. "Jim" Murry
(through April 2013)

Jonathan Motl
(June 10, 2013 to current time)

 

Commissioner of Political Practices:

  • is appointed by the governor, confirmed by the State Senate;
  • has one single six (6) year term and is ineligible to serve again as commissioner