Richardson asks feds to investigate Kitzhaber's girlfriend's contracts

SALEM, Ore. (AP) Republican candidate for governor Dennis Richardson is asking Oregon's top federal prosecutor to investigate whether the fiancee of Gov. John Kitzhaber violated federal law through her consulting work.

Richardson sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall on Thursday arguing that Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes conspired to defraud Oregon citizens.

Hayes has done paid consulting work for organizations with an interest in influencing state policy. Kitzhaber says she did nothing wrong and has asked a state ethics commission to issue an opinion.

Richardson says the ethics commission cannot be trusted to conduct an independent investigation because its members are appointed by the governor.

A spokeswoman for Kitzhaber's campaign says Richardson is wasting taxpayer dollars and the time of federal prosecutors "with an obvious political stunt."

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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