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Ken Bennett to amend disclosure reports to account for free Fiesta Bowl trips

Sec. of State Ken Bennett (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Sec. of State Ken Bennett (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Monday he plans to file amended personal disclosure statements to add free trips he accepted from the Fiesta Bowl and other groups while a state legislator.

Bennett’s current office is responsible for maintaining the filings by legislators and public officials.

Bennett told The Associated Press that he realized only last week while preparing for an interview about the Fiesta Bowl scandal that his own filings while he was in the Senate may not be complete.

He said he’d been reassured that the trips weren’t considered gifts because the lobbyist gift-ban law specifically excludes travel. But he says that’s not so under the law on personal financial disclosures.

Bennett said the plans to file amended reports after getting information on trip costs.

The trips would include two from the Fiesta Bowl, one to Taiwan and possibly several to legislative conferences. He said he was trying to obtain records on whether national legislative organizations or the state paid for the conferences.

Regarding the Fiesta Bowl trips, he said he hopes that people remember that his office in 2010 investigated alleged campaign-finance violations by bowl officials and referred the matter to the Attorney General’s Office. That office’s investigation continues.

Bennett would be the 10th current or former legislator to file amended disclosure reports due to the Fiesta Bowl scandal, though at least one current lawmaker’s amended report was for a trip sponsored by an organization other than the Fiesta Bowl.

Bennett, a Republican, was appointed secretary of state in 2009.

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2 comments

  1. He was on Horizon last week talking about disclosures and never mentioned this. Why was he hiding?

  2. So the Secretary of State doesn’t even understand the laws he is supposed to enforce? Time for this clown to resign.

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