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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  

John H. Hanson
Confirmed


 

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

 

 
1981   Peg Krivec
Confirmed
1982
 

 

Additional responsibilities added to Office of Commissioner of Political
Practices: both lobbying disclosure and disclosure of business interests of elected officials

 

 
1987
 

Dolores Colburg
Confirmed

1993  

Ed Argenbright
Confirmed

 

Code of Ethics enacted: responsibility added for the administration of ethical
standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees

 

 
1999
 

Linda Vaughey
Confirmed

2005  

Gordon Higgins
(Jan 2005 - July 2006)
Confirmed

2006   Dennis Unsworth
(Sept 2006 - Dec 2010)
Confirmed

2007

   
  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.
Changes were in-house counsel, investigator and a compliance
specialist position added to COPP staff, increasing staff
size to seven.

Jennifer L. Hensley
(Jan 2011 - May 2011)
Not confirmed

David B. Gallik
(June 2011 through Jan 2012)
Resigned

James W. "Jim" Murry
(Feb 2012 - April 2013)
Not confirmed

2013

Campaign finance complaint docket brought current with 189 Decisions
issued, resolving 215 complaints. Complaints numbered and listed on
website along with Decision, Settlement or Judgment. COPP
files district court campaign enforcement actions for the first time. 
Montana's Disclose Act passes, with 
electronic filing for candidates and committees, increasing transparency
of campaign finance reports.

Jonathan Motl
(June 10, 2013 - May 14, 2017)
Confirmed
2017

 

Jeffrey Mangan
(May 15, 2017 to current time)
Confirmed

 

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