- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon election official says Gov. John Kitzhaber does not need to report free advice from a political consultant on his campaign finance disclosures.

The secretary of state’s office issued the opinion in a letter to Kitzhaber’s campaign treasurer on Thursday.

Kitzhaber this week reported an “in-kind” contribution showing political consultant Patricia McCaig did uncompensated work she valued at $3,000. Kitzhaber’s Republican challenger, Dennis Richardson, has raised questions about when McCaig started advising the Democratic governor and whether all of her work was properly disclosed.

But a state election official said campaign finance laws don’t require disclosure of “personal services” if there’s no payment requested or received.

The secretary of state’s office says it will separately investigate an election complaint filed by the Oregon Republican Party over McCaig’s role in Kitzhaber’s campaign.

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