NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance has dismissed a complaint against Gov. Bill Haslam for failing to disclose how much he paid an outside adviser.
The panel voted 3-1 on Wednesday to throw out the complaint filed by former state Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester.
Tom Ingram was Haslam's top campaign adviser in his successful 2010 bid for governor.
The governor in the years following his election paid Ingram out of his own pocket for political and policy advice. He has since placed Ingram on his re-election campaign payroll.
The panel rejected Forrester's argument that Ingram's political advice was inherently related to his re-election effort, which should have been disclosed.
Ingram is also a contract lobbyist and a spokesman for the Haslam family-owned Pilot Flying J truckstop chain's response to an FBI investigation into trucking customers being shorted diesel fuel rebates.