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Mission Statement and History

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.

The Commissioner of Political Practices is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate, and serves one single six (6) year term, after which he or she is ineligible to serve again as Commissioner.

Year Details Commissioner
1975 Office of the Commissioner of Campaign Finance and Practices established for full disclosure and reporting of the sources and disposition of funds used to influence elections in Montana.

John H. Hanson
Confirmed

1981 Additional responsibilities added to the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices: lobbying disclosure; and disclosure of business interests of elected officials. Peg Krivec
Confirmed
1987   Dolores Colburg
Confirmed
1993 Code of Ethics enacted: responsibility added for the administration of ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees. Ed Argenbright
Confirmed
1999   Linda Vaughey
Confirmed
2005   Gordon Higgins
(Jan. 2005 - July 2006)
Confirmed
2006   Dennis Unsworth
(Sept. 2006 - Dec. 2010)
Confirmed
2011 Campaign practice complaints dramatically increase in number. The complaint docket becomes increasingly large with 40 or more complaints routinely listed. Up to this time, the COPP has had a four-person staff consisting of the Commissioner and three staff members. All legal work has been handled by outside counsel working under contract with COPP. Changes included the addition of in-house counsel, an investigator, and another compliance specialist position, increasing COPP staff size to seven. Jennifer L. Hensley
(Jan. 2011 - May 2011)
Failed to be Confirmed

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

James W. "Jim" Murry
(Feb. 2012 - April 2013)
Failed to be Confirmed
2013

Under Commissioner Motl, the campaign finance complaint docket was brought current, with 189 decisions issued resolving 215 complaints. A numbering system was created to better organize the increased volume of complains and decisions.

The COPP files district court campaign enforcement actions for the first time.

Montana's Disclose Act passes the 2015 Legislative Session, mandating electronic filing for certain candidates and committees, as well as increasing transparency of finance reports.

Jonathan Motl
(June 2013 - May 2017)
Confirmed

2017  

Jeffrey Mangan
(May 2017 - Present)
Confirmed


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Phone: 406-444-2942
Fax: 406-444-1643
Email: cpphelp@mt.gov
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Jeff Mangan
Commissioner
jeff.mangan@mt.gov

Jaime MacNaughton
Staff Attorney
jmacnaughton@mt.gov

Noah Horan
Administrative Specialist
nhoran2@mt.gov

Kym Trujillo
Compliance Supervisor
ktrujillo@mt.gov

Scott Cook
Compliance Specialist
scook3@mt.gov

Karen Musgrave
Compliance Specialist
kmusgrave@mt.gov

Archived Press Releases

Agency Goals and Objectives

Commissioner Motl's Letters to the Public