McInnis, Hasan group reach deal, but they won’t comment
Scott McInnis and the Hasan Family Foundation reached a settlement Friday over the refunding of the $300,000 the Pueblo group paid the GOP candidate for governor.
The two sides won’t say what that agreement calls for, but McInnis campaign spokesman Sean Duffy did say it requires the former congressman to repay the entire amount, as the foundation initially requested.
“Scott has reached a settlement with the Hasan Foundation,” Duffy said. “All matters between the foundation and Scott McInnis have been fully resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. That is all the agreement allows in terms of comment on this matter.”
Calls to the foundation were not returned Friday.
The foundation, which promotes health issues and the Muslim faith, had hired McInnis in 2004 and 2005 to write a series of articles about water issues facing the state.
Last month, however, the Denver Post reported that the work included large chunks of passages originally written by now Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs.
McInnis initially tried to blame the plagiarism on a Glenwood Springs man he hired to do research for him. That man, however, said McInnis never told him what the work was to be used for, or knew he intended to put his own name on it.
Rolly Fischer, the researcher McInnis hired, said he was under the impression the material was to be used for a McInnis bid for U.S. Senate. He told a Denver television station that McInnis’ campaign tried to get him to sign a letter taking all blame for the work, for which he said he was paid a few hundred dollars.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Counsel has given McInnis until Sept. 3 to respond to a request for an investigation into the matter, and whether McInnis, an attorney, violated the court’s Code of Professional Conduct.
Colorado Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak called the settlement McInnis’ latest back-room deal.
“Scott McInnis’ latest deal with the Hasan Foundation sounds like a scam to me, a scam he hopes will appease Colorado voters,” Waak said in a statement.
“Coloradans deserve transparency and accountability. If he can’t be honest and upfront about how he is supposedly paying this money back, how can we trust him with the running of our state?”