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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:47 PM
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Allegations of campaign-finance wrongdoing tossed against Fiesta Bowl
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 11:48 PM by alp227
Source: The Washington Post

The college bowl game system, which has come under attack for doling out perks and other favors, is now the target of new allegations: that one of its top members brazenly violated campaign finance laws.

The Fiesta Bowl, which hosts the contest of the same name each January in Arizona, fired longtime president and chief executive John Junker last week following the release of a wide-ranging report alleging a variety of misdeeds, including improper reimbursement of more than $46,000 in local and federal campaign donations.

The report by a special investigative panel concluded that Fiesta Bowl executives pressured employees to make contributions to influential politicians including Sen. John McCain, a former presidential contender then paid back the donors in an apparent violation of campaign finance laws. Investigators said they found no evidence that McCain or any other recipients knew about the reimbursements.


More than $28,000 of the questionable political contributions identified in the report went to federal lawmakers, including McCain and Sen. Jon Kyl, both Arizona Republicans.

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Wait, the same McCain behind the 2002 campaign finance law?
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