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The bowl is trying to maintain its tax-exempt status in the wake of an internal Fiesta Bowl report earlier this year that detailed a host of irregularities. They included campaign contributions that bowl employees and their families made between 2000 and 2009 and were later reimbursed by the bowl, in apparent violation of federal and state laws. The report also outlined thousands of dollars in inappropriate spending.

Longtime bowl President and CEO John Junker was fired. On June 13, the bowl hired University of Arizona President Robert Shelton to lead the efforts to repair its reputation.

Hochman, the bowl lawyer, said in an interview with the AP that the main purpose of the letters is to comply with tax laws.

“These letters are a step in the process to seek information from the various lawmakers concerning the gifts and benefits they may had received,” Hochman said. “We hope that after we receive feedback from them we’ll be able to determine what if any of the gifts and benefits need to be reimbursed.”

The scandal at the Fiesta Bowl, which also hosts the national football championship every four years, put its role as one of the four top-tier bowl groups in jeopardy. But it avoided the worst sanctions _ the loss of the championship game and its NCAA license.

The Bowl Championship Series fined the Fiesta Bowl $1 million earlier this month, and last week the NCAA placed it on probation for a year.

The Arizona attorney general’s office is investigating parts of the scandal not involving politicians.