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Fiesta Bowl Special Committee Investigative Report

Fiesta Bowl Special Committee Investigative Report

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Counsel to the Special Committee
of the Board of Directors of the Fiesta Bowl
Final Report
Public Version
March 21, 2011
Christopher W. Madel
Bruce D. Manning
Sara A. Poulos
2800 LaSalle Plaza
800 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Tel: 612-349-8500
Fax: 612-339-4181
www.rkmc.com
 
 
Public Version
This report is addressed to the Special Committee of the Boardof Directors of the Fiesta Bowl from its counsel. The report iscounsel’s report—as reviewed and approved by the SpecialCommittee. This public version has had removed from itinformation subject to contractual confidentiality provisions, asdetermined by the Fiesta Bowl. All decisions related to thepublication of this report, and the scope of any waivers needed tomake it publicly available, have been made by the Fiesta Bowl, andnot by the Special Committee or its counsel.
I. Investigative procedure
............................................................... 1
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II. Scope and genesis of the investigation
.................................. 9
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III. Reported facts
................................................................................. 14
A. Background on the Fiesta Bowl
.............................................. 14
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1.
Bowl games and other events............................................... 17
2. Economic impact, community impact, and charitable
giving ....................................................................................... 19
B. The Fiesta Bowl’s alleged reimbursement of campaign
contributions
................................................................................ 25
1. The analysis and development of the campaign-
contribution spreadsheet ...................................................... 25
2.
If the 11 individuals’ statements are accurate, the Fiesta
Bowl reimbursed individuals at least $46,539 for
campaign contributions since 2000...................................... 29
3. How contributions were allegedly sought
and reimbursed ...................................................................... 33
a. The alleged practice of reimbursing for campaign
contributions dates back to at least 2002................... 33
b. How contributions were allegedly sought ............... 35
c.
How reimbursements were allegedly made ............ 37
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i.
Alleged “bonus” checks to employees............... 37
ii.
Checks to one employee for the alleged
reimbursement of others ..................................... 43
a. The $15,000 check to Laybourne ..................... 43
b. The $15,000 check to Aguilar........................... 46
c. Check(s) to Wisneski......................................... 49
iii.
Alleged increased expense-reimbursement
checks...................................................................... 50
iv. Other methods ....................................................... 51
4. No contributors said they knew the reimbursement
practice could be illegal......................................................... 51
5. Laybourne’s alleged concerns about political-
contribution reimbursements............................................... 52
6.
Several employees made contributions reportedly
against their stated political inclinations............................ 54
7. Alleged reimbursements to Junker, Fields,
and Schulman ......................................................................... 55
C. The first investigation.............................................................
67
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1.
The Arizona Republic
article .................................................... 67
2.
Junker’s alleged concerns regarding the
Harris article ........................................................................... 72
3.
Genesis of first internal investigation.................................. 74
a. Dallas conversation....................................................... 74
b. Board discussion and retention of
Grant Woods ................................................................. 75
c. December 14, 2009 Executive Committee
meeting........................................................................... 77
d. Husk’s role in the investigation.................................. 80
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