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Beaver Creek’s Hasans ask for McInnis to return money

Tim Hoover
Denver Post

From their mansion in Beaver Creek, the Hasan family has spread their influence – and money – across the political landscape in Colorado and the rest of the country.

The Hasan Family Foundation paid Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis $300,000 to write about water issues and now wants the money back amid accusations of plagiarism.

In an interview Tuesday with 9News, McInnis said he intended to “make it right” with the foundation.

“I’ll sit down with them. It’s a good foundation, good people. Have known ’em for a long time. I’ll go in, sit down with them, and we’ll discuss what we need to do,” he said.

The foundation represents a portfolio of the Hasan family’s multiple political and cultural interests.

The foundation says it promotes “educational and health initiatives in southern Colorado” as well as programs that “bring a better understanding of the Muslim and South Asian cultures to the people of the United States.”

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The nonprofit reported assets of $2.2 million in 2007, the last year for which information was publicly available.

And though family patriarch Dr. Malik Hasan is a registered Democrat, he has been a major political contributor to Republicans and was a top national fundraiser for President George W. Bush.

To read more, go to http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_15508805