Fiesta Bowl wants 31 pols to explain free tickets

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Fiesta Bowl is asking 31 Arizona politicians who received free trips or game tickets to explain how they benefited the tax-exempt group, or it may ask them to repay the money.

The bowl sent letters this week to the current and former elected officials with a breakdown of what they received. The total was more than $160,000.

Some of the officials have already given checks to the bowl, but none comes close to what the bowl may seek in repayment.

The action comes more than a month after the bowl sent similar letters to more than two dozen politicians seeking nearly $50,000 in campaign contributions they received.

The charitable group says it must try to recover the money to maintain its tax-exempt status.