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“It is another way to curry favor with important members of Congress,” said Ms. Sloan, a former federal prosecutor. She said that at least this charity was supporting a worthy cause.

Mr. Dicks, whose congressional district is home to Boeing, the largest employer in Washington state, has been nicknamed “Mr. Boeing” for his efforts on the company’s behalf.

In 1997, Mr. Dicks helped set up the CCTC. He was listed as a director on corporation reports filed in Virginia throughout that period. Mr. Dicks also was listed as a director on the group’s federal 990 tax returns.

For much of the time, according to records, Mr. Dicks was one of a handful of directors along with former Sen. John Breaux, Louisiana Democrat, who became a lobbyist after retiring from the Senate in 2005, and Ken Bowler, once the top lobbyist for Pfizer Inc., the pharmaceutical giant. Mr. Bowler currently is a health care lobbyist.

Neither Mr. Breaux nor Mr. Bowler returned phone messages for comment.

The tennis classic raised money for the WTEF, which runs an academic and tennis program for underprivileged children, and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, the only comprehensive cancer facility in Maryland doing both research and treatment.

The classic raised between $150,000 and $200,000 annually from sponsors, then wrote a check to the two charities - after paying tournament expenses, such as rent and fees. Each group got $30,000 in 2007 and $50,000 in 2008, according to interviews. They both received an additional $25,000 in 2009 from funds left over from the 2008 event.

The WTEF website shows a photo of Mr. Dicks handing over a check from the tournament to WTEF executives in 2007.

Officials from the WTEF did not respond to telephone calls for comment or to written questions. A Kimmel Center spokesman said it had received more than $500,000 from the tournament since 1997, but no longer was involved.

No longer interested

James Ryan, a CCTC attorney, said the group no longer sponsors the tournament and is in the process of shutting down the corporation because there was “no longer an interest” in hosting it. He would not identify the corporate sponsors beyond what was in the public record.

The CCTC, on its public tax returns, said it raised $153,500 in 2008 from nine sponsors whom it was not required to name publicly. The donations ranged from $5,000 to $25,000.

In 2009, the WTEF took over the tournament and changed its name to the WTEF Congressional Charity Tournament but continued to hold it in September at the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington. Mr. Breaux, a vice president of the WTEF board, has sent out fundraising letters, and Mr. Dicks has participated in the tournament. All the proceeds now go to the WTEF.

The 2010 tournament ran nearly all day and featured an hourlong morning session to give the corporate sponsors and lawmakers a chance for one-on-one playing time with the tennis legends. That was followed by lunch and photo opportunities for the sponsors with the tennis professionals and the elected officials, according to an invitation from Mr. Breaux.

The tennis legends were Owen Davidson, winner of eight grand-slam titles; Fred Stolle, who won 12 grand-slam titles; Tom Gorman, former captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team; Kathy Rinaldi, who played in 13 Wimbledon championships; Virginia Wade, winner of seven championships; Zina Garrison, gold medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games; and Fred McNair, winner of three grand-slam titles.

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