Election registry takes no action against Burchett

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett

Knox Co. Mayor Tim Burchett

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance has decided not to penalize Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett for discrepancies in his campaign filings.

Burchett's attorney, Stephen Zralek, appeared before the panel on Tuesday to explain how the errors were made and the efforts the former Republican state senator has made to fix the mistakes.

Zralek blamed most of the errors on Burchett's ex-wife, Allison.

Members of the registry unanimously agreed to take no further action.

The complaint was based on reports by The Knoxville News Sentinel about questionable spending, including payments of more than $15,000 to Allison Burchett.

The panel also decided on a 4-2 vote that health care investor Andrew Miller did not use his political action committee to skirt state laws limiting campaign contributions.

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