Hasans still undecided about McInnis’ fee

Foundation spokesman says family will wait for all the facts before asking for a refund of payments

The Hasan Family Foundation still is investigating whether GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis fulfilled the obligations of his $300,000 fellowship in 2005 and 2006.

Drew Dougherty, spokesman for the Pueblo-based foundation, said Thursday the family won’t rush to decide whether McInnis should return all or some of that money in the wake of the former congressman’s admission that at least some of the water articles he provided to them were plagiarized. Some content in McInnis’ “Musings on Water” articles was lifted from works by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, and the Hasan family was not aware McInnis hired a researcher to do the work it thought he was doing.

“As far as what the next step is, we’re going to wait until we get all of the facts in, and our investigation is complete,” Dougherty said. “We’re trying to go ahead and do a thorough investigation without letting the current political ongoings influence any decisions whatsoever.”

In a news release Tuesday, foundation chair Seeme Hasan said she was shocked at the allegations and angry that the foundation was never told McInnis planned to hire a researcher.

Hasan and her husband, Dr. Malik Hasan, the couple that formed the foundation, have contributed to numerous Republican candidates in the past, including $8,000 for this year’s races, but neither has contributed to McInnis or his GOP rival, Evergreen businessman Dan Maes.

Most of the donations the couple have given this year have been to candidates also supported by various tea party groups around the state.

Seeme Hasan also has donated to Colorado Tax Reforms, the main issue committee that is pushing the controversial tax- and debt-limiting Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.

Dougherty said he didn’t know whether the couple planned to donate campaign funds to McInnis or Maes.


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