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Probe finds no illegalities by Fiesta Bowl

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Posted: Thursday, December 24, 2009 8:36 pm | Updated: 1:47 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Fiesta Bowl officials say an inquiry they commissioned found "no credible evidence that the bowl's management engaged in any type of illegal or unethical conduct."

Bowl officials asked former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods to investigate allegations that bowl employees received bonuses for making campaign contributions to specific political candidates — a violation of federal and state laws.

Fiesta Bowl Chairman Alan Young said in an e-mail that Woods was retained to perform an "independent review" that exonerates bowl administrators.

Lane added that Woods recommends the Fiesta Bowl clarify "some of its policies and procedures" to ensure the bowl is not vulnerable to future allegations of impropriety.

The Fiesta Bowl operates as a nonprofit organization and is exempt from federal taxes but by law may not make political contributions.

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