Ex-Fiesta Bowl lobbyist to enter plea agreement
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PHOENIX (AP) - A former Fiesta Bowl lobbyist reportedly has entered into a plea agreement with Arizona prosecutors as part of an ongoing investigation.
The Arizona Republic says John MacDonald will plead guilty to a misdemeanor for his role in currying favor with lawmakers to benefit the bowl.
The state Attorney General's Office says MacDonald has agreed to plead guilty to one count of failure to report principal expenditures and will pay a fine up to $4,600.
MacDonald formerly worked for Husk Partners and Gary Husk, the bowl's former top lobbyist.
The Republic says MacDonald will assist the state in its ongoing investigation of past activities surrounding the Fiesta.
The bowl previously took legislators on expensive out-of-state trips in order to get lawmakers to pass bills to financially help the football event.
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