Let me get this straight. The Fiesta Bowl--a group whose very name means "party"--asks its employees to donate to political campaigns. This is a routine practice, but the Fiesta Bowl management violates the law by reimbursing those employees for the contributions. Now the newly chaste Fiesta Bowl management want to fix the problem--by asking the elected officials for the money back.
Give me a break. What part of the transaction was illegal? Was it the contribution? Of course not. It is perfectly legal for John Junker to give money to Carolyn Allen. It was the REIMBURSEMENT that was illegal. So if the Fiesta Bowl Management wants to make the transaction right, they need to go after the employees who illegally received a reimbursement.
So why is the Fiesta Bowl management seeking reimbursement from the politicians instead of the employees? Because most of the contributors were just mid level Fiesta Bowl employees and the Management realizes it would be a hardship to ask them for money. So management is going after the elected officials. The elected officials will have a hard time reimbursing the money as well, and they didn't do anything wrong...but they are an easy target.