Burchett Corrects Some Campaign Disclosure Omissions

Expenditures for two checks written by Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s wife during the 2010 election are now correctly recorded as required by state campaign finance law, reports Mike Donila.
And, the mayor said Friday, he’s looking into amending more finance statements to account for other undisclosed payments from the Elect Burchett account.
“We just corrected an error. It happens,” Burchett said. “When you’re in a campaign you get hundreds of checks and you’re going 100 miles an hour.”
At issue were eight checks written by Allison Burchett between March 16, 2010, and Jan. 9, 2012. Six of them the mayor’s wife wrote to herself, and they totaled more than $15,000.
She also wrote a $550 reimbursement check to Dean Rice, the mayor’s chief of staff and former 2010 campaign manager, and a $1,354 check to Pilot Travel Centers.
On June 22, after the News Sentinel questioned the mayor and Rice about the expenses, the campaign’s political treasurer, Albert Miller Jr., filed a set of amended disclosure statements.
The new documents list the expenditures Rice claimed, as well as the expenses paid to Pilot Corp. According to the statement, Rice was reimbursed for “campaign expenses such as HQ supplies and campaign meals.”
The payment to Pilot is for fuel, according to the finance records.
“It came to my attention that the check to me had not been disclosed, so if there’s an error, I wanted to correct it,” Rice said.
The checks Allison Burchett wrote to herself, however, are still not documented.
Also still unchanged are three listed expenses she made on the disclosure statements that are larger than the actual written checks as well as a $4,250 expense for a company that said it did no work for the mayor in the campaign.
“We’re working on that,” the mayor said. “We’re doing a comprehensive review of the whole thing to get it straightened out.”
Allison Burchett, who filed for divorce in late April, said her husband told her at the time to make the changes and to not record some of the expenditures. The mayor has said that’s not true.

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