Amid allegations of serious misconduct within the highest ranks of Arizona’s Fiesta Bowl — leading up to yesterday’s firing of longtime CEO John Junker and resignations of other top ranking officials — what a surprise to find the arrogant Grant Woods‘ head peeking out above the fold of today‘s daily.
The newspaper reports reveal details of an ongoing investigation of alleged contract irregularities, lavish spending, political campaign finance violations — including reimbursements for employee donations which were then concealed — and other financial misconduct. The New York Times coverage is here, unequivocally acknowledging the breadth of these actions.
The complete 276 page report can be read here courtesy of the AZ Republic.
The Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors faces an ongoing investigation by the Arizona Attorney General’s office into the campaign contribution scheme, which threatens to put its nonprofit status at risk of being revoked.
Grant Woods, a former Arizona Attorney General and onetime John McCain Chief of Staff was hired by the board to conduct an investigation into suspected irregularities in 2009. Woods, in turn, hired as his assistant, Gary Husk, a lobbyist who had been working for the bowl and who, investigators now say, played a key role in collecting political contributions from employees. Husk was a congressional candidate in 1994, soundly defeated by J.D. Hayworth.
Woods’ examination reportedly found no evidence of wrongdoing. Odd, given that misconduct was rampant. He paid Husk $20,000 for his assistance with the probe.