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Published: Tuesday, 5/17/2011

Fiesta Bowl seeking return of campaign contributions

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX — The Fiesta Bowl is seeking the return of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions made to U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, and other Arizona politicians, according to documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The contributions were made by bowl employees and their families that the bowl then reimbursed. In all, it wants $48,225.17 returned.

The documents from the bowl showed that the money was given to nearly two dozen other Arizona politicians. McCain received, by far, the most cash: $19,500 given to three of his campaign accounts.

A recent internal report by the Fiesta Bowl detailed reimbursements to employees for political donations in apparent violation of federal and state laws, plus thousands of dollars in inappropriate spending. The bowl fired longtime president and CEO John Junker.



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