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Surprise: AZ ethics panel finds ticket violations with Fiesta Bowl

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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.

As you might recall, the bowl was previously doing its darndest to rectify its many, may wrongs by invoicing politicians for free tickets and travel.

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.

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2 Responses to “Surprise: AZ ethics panel finds ticket violations with Fiesta Bowl”
  1. southernpatriots says: May 13, 2011 12:42 PM

    Now that the Fiesta is not giving out freebies to politicians any longer and have accepted oversight from the NCAA and Arizona legislature, the NCAA will probably re-license them. This whole thing is sad. Where was the oversight before that they could get by for so long with these grievous things?

    Would a thorough investigation of the Orange, and Sugar Bowls also reveal some improprieties? We think they might.

    Let’s get the Cotton Bowl in the rotation and bring them up. And hopefully the NCAA and Arizona will keep intense oversight on the Fiesta going into the future.

    Men are now sandbagging around our house and if any levee breaks it could bring a roaring river into south Louisiana. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

  2. burntorangehorn says: May 13, 2011 1:11 PM

    Amending documents after being caught might not quite cut it when it comes to compliance.

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