In an effort to move the Fiesta Bowl
story disaster along another notch, an Arizona Senate ethics committee found that some politicians have (shock) violated state law by accepting free football tickets from the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the Associated Press is reporting.
It worked, sort of; the bowl was allowed to keep its BCS status, but fined $1 million.
The ethics senate committee — led by Ron Gould — filed a review of lawmakers’ financial disclosure reports after the Fiesta Bowl launched its internal investigation in March. Gould said some reports released by lawmakers have been amended to include the free tickets received by the bowl, but would not specify how many politicians took part in accepting illegal tickets and travel from the bowl.
Legislators can accept free travel, but must report it. Apparently, that little tidbit must have been overlooked.
However, Gould said he would not pursue further action at this time because he didn’t want to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation.
At least one Arizona state politician – Russell Pearce, R-Mesa — released documents to the AP that reportedly show a reimbursement of $570 for tickets. Pearce also released nine years worth of amended financial disclosure documents that included gifts from the bowl.
Pearce said he demonstrated a “clear pattern of compliance” with state laws restricting acceptance of gifts.
Oh yeah, lots of compliance going on here.