Commissioner of Political Practices

Promoting confidence, transparency, and accountability in Montana's democratic processes.

Latest Developments

Laws and policies governing campaign finance and practice, ethics, and lobbying change regularly as a result of legislative initiatives and litigation outcomes. As those changes become effective, CPP's duties as well as the office's manuals, guidance, and educational resources must also evolve. The pages below are intended to provide timely communication of latest developments for candidates, committees, campaign staff, lobbyists, and the public.

SB 224, enacted by the 2021 Legislature, revised campaign finance laws including campaign contribution limits. A table summarizing the changes and a guide listing the new limits are provided below.

The 2021 Montana Code Annotated is now available on the Montana State Legislature website. This version of the MCA incorporates the changes enacted through the bills listed below.

 

2021 legislation changing campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics include:

Campaign Finance

HB 71 - Revise Campaign Finance Dates for Municipal Elections

SB 224 - Generally Revise Campaign Finance laws (includes campaign finance limits and a number of revisions in reporting requirements) 

SB 319 - Generally Revise Campaign Finance laws including Joint Fundraising Committees

HB 221 - Campaign Contributions allowed for Child Care

Lobbying

SB 1 - Conform Lobbying Definition 

Ethics

HB 95 - Revise Ethics Laws related to Confidentiality

 

COPP has been working to modify CERS for consistency with enacted legislation allowing creation of Joint Fundraising Committees (SB 319), revising campaign finance limits (SB 224), and other campaign finance and practices statute revisions.

This is an ongoing process and CERS changes will continue to be implemented through the Fall. 

Check this space for links to the latest CPP training videos, documents, and other campaign finance and practice educational resources.

Municipal Candidate Campaign Finance Training Presentation June, 2021 Zoom Recording; 

Municipal Candidate Campaign Finance Training Presentation July, 2021 Zoom recording (starts around 6 min mark)  Materials here - Powerpoint Presentation, PDF

Municipal C7/C7E Campaign Finance Report Training August, 2021 Zoom Recording. Materials here - Powerpoint Presentation, PDF

Municipal C7/C7E Campaign Finance Report Training October 2021 (updated) Zoom Recording - PDF

 

CPP manuals updated for consistency with laws enacted by the 2021 Legislature and associated policies and guidance:

Campaign Finance and Practice Laws (Blue Book) Revised Manual Coming Soon
Accounting and Reporting Manual for Candidates (Green Book)
Accounting and Reporting Manual for Committees (Pink Book)