Election board satisfied by Knox Mayor Burchett's answers

Election board satisfied by Knox Mayor Burchett's answers on campaign report questions

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Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (file) Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (file)

NASHVILLE (WATE) - State election officials decided Tuesday to take no action following their look into irregularities reported in Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's campaign finance records.

Members of the Registry of Election Finance said they were "satisfied" with answers provided by Burchett's Nashville-based attorney Stephen Zralek.

"There was no credible proof he used any of his campaign funds for personal use," said board member LeeAnn Murray. "They had made an attempt to amend the statements that were out of balance."

The board had looked into how Paypal accounts were used but not included in initial reporting by Burchett's campaign, as well as checks written by the mayor's former wife. 

Burchett reimbursed $1600 to cover the discrepancy in the Paypal account. 

The board began looking into Burchett's campaign finance reporting after checks written by Burchett's now ex-wife Allison surfaced. The checks showed she had written the checks to herself from Burchett's mayoral campaign fund.

An affidavit filed last week claimed the mayor's ex-wife used the money to pay personal bills and credit cards. He denied knowing about the payments, saying Allison Beaver handled their personal and campaign finances.

"The mayor, like all of us, trusted his ex-wife," Zralek said. "He trusted her with his finances, so many things, through these proceeding, which actually backfired on her. She was the one that brought this to the newspaper's attention. It backfired on her. He had no idea she was funneling campaign funds for her own personal use."

Beaver has said publicly in the past that she acted at Burchett's direction.

"I don't think we've ever had a matter exactly like this, where it was basically between a situation between a husband and wife or members of the family have caused the problem," said Director of Ethics and Campaign Finance Drew Rollins.

Penalties of up to $10,000 per offense can be assessed to candidates who have filed false campaign reports.

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