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.
||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|
||Additional responsibilities added to Office of Commissioner of Political Practices: both lobbying disclosure and disclosure of business interests of elected officials||Peg Krivec|
|Code of Ethics enacted: responsibility added for the administration of ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees||Ed Argenbright|
|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.
|In-house counsel position added to COPP staff,
increasing staff size to six.
Jennifer L. Hensley
David B. Gallik
James W. "Jim" Murry
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