Fiesta Bowl asking 31 pols to repay trips, tickets

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Fiesta Bowl is asking 31 Arizona politicians who received free trips or game tickets to repay more than $160,000.

The bowl sent letters this week to the current and former elected officials with a breakdown of what they received.

Some have already dropped off checks with the bowl but none comes close to what the bowl is seeking in repayment.

The action comes more than a month after the bowl sent similar letters to more than two dozen politicians seeking the repayment of nearly $50,000 in campaign contributions they received.

Bowl employees and their families made the contributions between 2000 and 2009, and were then reimbursed by the bowl.

The charitable group says it must seek to recover the money to maintain its tax-exempt status.