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Question of the Day
The Fiesta Bowl, played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., is in the second season of a four-year deal to be one of the four bowls that rotate hosting the national championship game.
Asked if he was confident there is nothing in the contract to stop the BCS from ending the relationship immediately, Hancock replied: “Yes, I am confident.”
Junker picked up a $1,200 tab at a Phoenix strip club for himself and two others, including a sheriff’s lieutenant who worked for the Fiesta Bowl on the side. Junker wrote on his American Express bill that the meeting was for “security site planning.”
Junker took some or all of his family on 27 trips, the report said.
The Fiesta Bowl also paid for his membership in four elite private golf clubs.
The scandal began to unravel when The Arizona Republic reported in December 2009 that five former or current Fiesta Bowl employees had been reimbursed for political donations they were encouraged to make.
A brief investigation by former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, no relation to the board chairman, led to the conclusion that there was no credible evidence to support the allegations.
Now the board says that report was “flawed.”
Duane Woods said that last September, an employee _ identified in the report as Junker’s executive assistant, Kelly Keough _ went to his office and told him that indeed the reimbursements had been made.
The bowl began another investigation led by a three-person panel headed by a retired Arizona state supreme court justice.
Most of their report centers on the contribution scheme, in existence since at least 2002, where top officials would strongly urge employees to make contributions to favored candidates, including Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl.
The reimbursements were listed as at least $46,539.
Duane Woods has said the system violated state campaign finance laws and endangers the bowl’s nonprofit status.
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