McInnis to come up with the dough

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The Hasan Family Foundation has concluded its investigation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis, whom the foundation hired to write a series of articles.

The foundation has found that McInnis violated his contract, and is demanding that he pay back all foundation money. Today, McInnis agreed to pay the foundation back.

Earlier this week, the Denver Post revealed that McInnis plagiarized articles written for the foundation.

McInnis has sought to put the blame elsewhere, saying a researcher he hired committed the wrongdoing. However, the foundation has clarified that only McInnis was supposed to write the articles, and the researcher McInnis named has refused to take responsibility for the issue, saying McInnis alone is at fault.

Calls from the media and Republican politicians for McInnis to drop out of the race have not been heeded.

Here's the foundation's final word on the issue:

Findings from Hasan Family Foundation on Plagiarism Investigation
From Seeme Hasan, Chairwoman, Hasan Family Foundation

It is the finding of the Hasan Family Foundation Board that the work Congressman Scott McInnis performed under the Senior Fellowship was only a fraction of the work he was obligated to perform under the terms of his Fellowship. Of the little work that he did, he has admitted it was neither fully completed by him, nor fully original. In view of the public disclosure by Mr. McInnis as well as by Mr. Rolly Fischer, it is clear that Mr. McInnis has not fulfilled the terms of our agreement, and there is no need for any further investigation by the Foundation.

The Foundation demands he repay all monies paid to him under the Fellowship. The Foundation shall be making no further comment on the matter and will immediately return its full attention to the worthy causes it proudly funds and oversees.

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And here's McInnis' response:


SCOTT MCINNIS RESPONSE TO HASAN FOUNDATION NEWS RELEASE


Scott McInnis, Republican candidate for Governor, today issued the following statement in response to a news release issued by The Hasan Family Foundation:

"I have said since this matter was brought to my attention that the articles provided as part of the Hasan Family Foundation fellowship were faulty. I explained how this problem arose, and I accepted responsibility.

"I apologized to the Hasans for this mistake, and I expressed my determination to make it right with my dear friends. I will be in contact with the Hasan family to make full payment arrangements. I agree with the Foundation that this brings this matter to a close, and I look forward to continuing to speak on the campaign trail about the critical issues facing all of Colorado, including jobs and economic recovery."


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