Former Alabama Sen. David Burkette arrested for campaign finance violation

Christel Deskins

Former state Sen. David Burkette of Montgomery was arrested today for a misdemeanor violation of the state’s campaign finance law, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced. Burkette, 63, resigned from the Senate on Tuesday. Burkette is accused of intentionally depositing $3,625 in campaign contributions in his personal bank account instead of […]

Former state Sen. David Burkette of Montgomery was arrested today for a misdemeanor violation of the state’s campaign finance law, Attorney General Steve Marshall announced.

Burkette, 63, resigned from the Senate on Tuesday.

Burkette is accused of intentionally depositing $3,625 in campaign contributions in his personal bank account instead of a campaign account in 2015 and 2016, when he was running for the Montgomery City Council.

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $6,000.

Burkette served on the Montgomery City Council from 2007 to 2018.

Burkette is a Democrat and a former Montgomery public school teacher and coach. He was elected to the Senate in 2018.

Last year, the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Burkette violated the state ethics law, forwarding the case to prosecutors. Al Agricola, who represented Burkette, could not be reached for comment today.

Burkette issued a statement about his resignation today but did not mention the criminal case.

“Yes, it is true; I have transitioned from my State Senate seat,” he said. “I may have stepped down, but I haven’t stepped out. Some may wonder will I stop serving. There is not a bone in my body that will stop serving the people from this district. Great things happen when you put everything in God’s hands and I have.”

Burkette suffered a stroke in December 2018 and attended Senate sessions in a wheelchair.

This story was edited at 5:17 p.m. to say that Burkette resigned from the Senate on Tuesday, not Monday as earlier reported.

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