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Dec 2, 2013 10:48 AM by Associated Press

Ex-Fiesta Bowl lobbyist facing conspiracy charge

PHOENIX (AP) - An ex-Phoenix lobbyist whose former clients included the Fiesta Bowl is set for a court hearing on conspiracy and illegal campaign contribution charges.

Gary Husk is accused of using his firm's money to reimburse staff after directing them to make campaign contributions to high-profile politicians.

Husk is due in court Monday for a pre-trial hearing. He pleaded not guilty in October and trial is set for June.

Husk lawyer Rick Romley says the indictment unsealed on Oct. 10 is an effort by Attorney General Tom Horne to save face after failing to connect Husk to illegal activities at the Fiesta Bowl.

The Fiesta Bowl's former executive director and several lesser former bowl employees have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from bowl investigations.

Husk is a former state and federal prosecutor.

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