NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Registry of Election Finance has voted to proceed with a campaign finance complaint against Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett.
The panel voted 4-1 on Wednesday to require more information about questionable spending first reported by The Knoxville News Sentinel, including payments of more than $15,000 to Burchett's wife, Allison.
The mayor's attorney told the panel that the allegations are evidence of what he called a "sad divorce" between the Burchetts, and efforts are being made to rectify errors in his disclosures.
The registry also voted to delay a vote on whether health care investor Andrew Miller used a political action committee he funded to skirt the law limiting campaign contributions.
Both matters were scheduled to be heard at the panel's meeting next month.
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