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Cardinals Gave Lawmakers With Free Tickets

The Cardinals gave away in an attempt to curry favor with the Arizona State Legislature, The Arizona Republic reports.

Dozens of lawmakers received free tickets, including premium seats, to improve its relationship with the Legislature after losing battles to the Fiesta Bowl.

“It was clear to us, particularly after the 2005 legislative session pertaining to the BCS game, that the team’s relationship with the Legislature was not as strong as it could be,” said Mark Dalton, a Cardinals spokesman.

While University of Phoenix Stadium was built with $350 million in taxpayer money, according to report, the Cardinals had no business before the Legislature at the time the gifts were made, and the team offered tickets to entire committees to avoid rules violations.

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