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Burchett PayPal Campaign Donations Went Into Personal Account

Four electronic donations to Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett’s 2010 election totaling $2,000 were not recorded on his campaign finance disclosure reports as required by law, reports Mike Donila.
The money was deposited into an “Elect Burchett” PayPal account, an online system that allows people and businesses to transfer money via email. In four other instances, records show that a combined $1,600 was shifted out of that PayPal account and into Burchett’s personal PayPal account, which at times he has used to buy goods from Ebay, an Internet auction site.
The transfers and how the money was used also were not recorded on disclosure reports. The eight transactions took place between Jan. 26, 2010, and Oct. 28, 2010.
Burchett, a Republican, became mayor Sept. 1, 2010. The mayor blamed his estranged wife, Allison Burchett, for the campaign finance law violations, saying he did not have access to the Elect Burchett PayPal account and was unaware funds were moved into his personal PayPal account.
“My wife set up this PayPal account, handled all funds deposited in the account and was the only person with access to the account,” Tim Burchett said in a one-page “press release” that he gave to the News Sentinel.