April 27, 2015 •
MT Senate Confirms Commissioner of Political Practices
On April 24, the Montana Senate confirmed Jonathan Motl as the Commissioner of Political Practices. Motl has been serving in the position since June of 2013 when he was appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock.
His confirmation had been contentious because of a perception by many Republicans that Motl was partisan in his pursuit of violations of campaign finance laws. However, eight Republican senators joined all the Democratic senators to confirm Motl with a vote of 29 to 21. According to the Helena Independent Record, Motl said, “I’m delighted and humbled, and I fully remember that I work for the people of Montana, and I’ll do my best to make them proud.”
The commissioner monitors and enforces the state’s laws concerning campaign finance, lobbying, business interest disclosures of candidates and officials, and ethical standards of elected and public officials.
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