Arizona politicians figure in Fiesta Bowl scandal

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 30 at 6:11 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A report from an investigation disclosed unseemly ties between the Fiesta Bowl and prominent Arizona politicians, including at least one big-name lawmaker who pushed legislation that benefited the organization.

The report says at least 14 current and former lawmakers from both major parties who took free tips to football games across the country included current Senate President Russell Pearce.

Pearce, Gov. Jan Brewer and U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl were in a bipartisan array of 23 candidates who the report said received contributions totaling at least $46,539 for which the bowl-affiliated donors were illegally reimbursed by the bowl since 2002.

But the report says there was no indication any of the politicians who received the contributions knew of the secret reimbursement arrangement.
 

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