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Arizona Republic publisher resigns from Fiesta Bowl board

The publisher of Arizona’s largest newspaper has resigned from the Fiesta Bowl board.

John Zidich said Monday that he made the move to remove any impartiality questions about The Arizona Republic’s coverage of the embattled bowl.

The Republic first reported in December 2009 that five former and current Fiesta Bowl employees said they had been directed to contribute to political candidates and then were reimbursed for those donations.

The practice could violate state and federal campaign laws that make it a crime to circumvent prohibitions on direct corporate political donations.

Longtime Fiesta Bowl CEO and president John Junker already has been fired for alleged misuse of funds.

John Zidich joined the Fiesta’s board in 2005 as a non-paid volunteer director. He joined the five-member executive committee as secretary in 2010.

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