Posted: May 20, 2013 7:57 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: May 20, 2013 7:58 PM
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock has appointed Jonathan Motl as the new Commissioner of Political Practices.
Motl works as an attorney in Helena and has experience in campaign finance and election litigation.
Republican legislative leaders expressed concerns over the appointment saying that Motl's Democratic ties are cause for concern.
MT Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich (R-Bozeman) said, "It's disappointing but not surprising from this governor. Jon Motl will be the fourth Democratic partisan hack appointee in a row now. And he is probably going to target only Republicans and it's going to lead to more scandal like the other commissioners."
Motl says the office isn't partisan, and that every decision is made on the basis of law, not on partisan politics: "The office doesn't work for the Republican Party. It does not work for the Democratic Party. It works for the people of Montana and it serves the law."
Motl will assume the post starting June 10th and is subject to confirmation by the 2015 Montana Senate.
The position pays $62,500 per year.
(Correction: In a previous version of this story we reported the salary was just under $58,000/year.)