The Grand Canyon State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade – in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity. Despite the low grade, Arizona ranked 22nd among all the states.Read More »
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A tax on renting cars to help pay off the Cardinals Stadium is illegal, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.Read More »
The former Fiesta Bowl chief executive is scheduled Friday to start serving an eight-month federal prison sentence for his acknowledged participation in an illegal campaign contribution scheme.Read More »
Lobbyist Gary Husk, who has claimed he was wrongly identified as the architect of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, said Tuesday the false allegations have devastated his business.Read More »
Agents with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office had a sticky problem when they walked out of lobbyist Gary Husk’s office on Jan. 27, 2012, with documents and computer data seized as evidence.Read More »
A small group of lobbyists with Husk Partners met in an office in 2009 at the firm as allegations of a Fiesta Bowl scandal involving illegal political contributions swirled.
Lobbyists John MacDonald, Dana Paschke and Dean Miller made a pact of sorts as they looked over the statute outlawing reimbursement of contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit that provides details of an investigation into the firm’s recently indicted head, Gary Husk.
Since getting caught up in the Fiesta Bowl scandal of 2011, Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo has been the Capitol’s gift ban crusader, repeatedly introducing legislation to make it illegal for lawmakers to take free tickets or meals from lobbyists.Read More »
From lobbyists to lawmakers to advocacy groups, reactions to flaws in Arizona lobbying reports reflect an image of a system that needs to be improved.
Some proposals for how to improve the system have emerged, but any agreement on the solutions, not to mention the political will to enact them, still eludes lawmakers two years after the Fiesta Bowl lobbying scandal roped in dozens of politicians, top bowl officials and a handful of lobbyists.
Rep. Ben Arredondo, a Tempe Democrat, is scheduled to plead guilty Friday to federal charges stemming from a public corruption indictment.Read More »
A former Fiesta Bowl lobbyist who pleaded guilty to failing to disclose costs from a 2008 trip that sent nine lawmakers to Boston has agreed to cooperate with investigators and testify in grand-jury proceedings and in any possible trials.Read More »