Colorado gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis says he will refund the money he received from the Hasan Family Foundation for writing water issue articles.
Earlier this week, McInnis admitted he made a mistake after the Denver Post compared his writings to that of now Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs. In some instances, portions of the writings are nearly word for word to those previously written by Hobbs.
Those essays were submitted to the Hasan Family Foundation. It's a non-profit organization that paid McInnis $300,000 to write water issue articles in the mid-90's.
The foundation released its findings on Friday from an internal plagiarism investigation.
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.
McInnis sent out the following news release in response:
"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."