VOICEMAIL RAISES ETHICS QUESTIONS FOR McINNIS AND HIS PROBABLE CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR
***MUST CREDIT COMPLETECOLORADO.COM***
April 30, 2009
CompleteColorado.com has exclusively obtained a voicemail left by Scott McInnis that could raise ethical questions about his fundraising and campaign practices prior to an all-but-assumed run for Colorado Governor in 2010.
Moments into the message, McInnis describes people who have joined the "team," specifically mentioning Sean Tonner. McInnis also mentions that Tonner is running a "527." The mention of Tonner being on the team and also running a 527 could be problematic. It is illegal for a candidate committee to coordinate with a 527 "issues" committee.
Futhermore, towards the middle of the message, McInnis mentions that "we've been out in the field, we've done extensive polling." If true, McInnis might need to show what funds were used to perform said polling.
Finally, McInnis mentions that Mike Hesse is performing the "day-to-day" operations of the campaign. Again, if true, it is then unclear how or if Hesse might be receiving compensation for this work, especially since McInnis has not filed any paperwork which would allow for paid work to be done on his behalf for a gubernatorial run.
Below is CompleteColorado.com's *estimated* transcription of the voicemail message. Because of the audio quality, CompleteColorado.com can only *estimate* the transcript at this time.
WANNA VISIT WITH YOU ON THIS TWO-THOUSAND-AND-TEN GOVERNOR'S RACE...
I'M GONNA RUN FOR GOVERNOR, WE'VE GOT A GREAT TEAM ON-BOARD, WE'RE PICKING UP A LOT OF SUPPORT, I KNOW YOU HEAR THAT, BUT THE FACT IS UHH, FROM CANDIDATES, BUT THE FACT IS WE REALLY HAVE. IT'S GOING VERY WELL.
WE'VE GOT SEAN TONNER ON BOARD, BARB CARD ON BOARD, SHE'S DOIN' OUR FINANCE, SEAN'S DOIN' OUR 5-UH....(COUGH) OR A-527, MIKE HESSE IS, UH, DOIN' OUR DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS, WE'VE GOT BARB McTURK ON OUR VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS,
WE'VE GOT LOTS OF SUPPORT IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY, LOTS OF SUPPORT IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, LOTS OF SUPPORT FROM, UH, THE LEGISLATIVE ARENA, ESPECIALLY FORMER LEGISLATORS, AND SO ON AND SO FORTH,
ANYWAY, I WANTED TO CALL YOU UP, I'D LIKE TO GET SOME UH INPUT FROM YA, SOME COUNSEL FROM YA, UMMM, WE'VE GOT A LOT OF MOMENTUM GOING OUR WAY, WE KNOW IT'S UH, HISTORICALLY, UHH COLORADO'S ONLY THROWN OUT TWO INCUMBENTS, BUT UH WE'VE BEEN OUT IN THE FIELD, WE'VE DONE EXTENSIVE POLLING, UH THIS GUY'S BEATABLE, I CAN BEAT HIM,
UH I FEEL VERY GOOD, BUT YOU'RE ONE OF THE PEOPLE, ONE OF WHAT I CALL MY "TOP 50" THAT I REALLY NEEDED TO CALL AND LET YOU KNOW WHAT I'M DOING, AND CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOUR SUPPORT, THAT'D BE VERY IMPORTANT, AND UH I'D BE HAPPY TO GO OVER SOME OF THE OTHER PEOPLE SUPPORTING US,
AND SO ON INCLUDING THE UH, UH THE ALLARDS, THE CAMPBELLS, UH, SEAN TONNER (CONNECTED US?)..., UH, MONICA OWENS IN FACT, UH AND FRANCES OWENS, UH MONICA IS WORKING FOR US, UH THROUGH SEAN TONNER, THAT'S BILL OWENS' DAUGHTER, AND THEN UH, OF COURSE, FRANCES, HIS UH, WIFE, UHH IS ON-BOARD ON AS WELL, VERY AGGRESSIVELY ON BOARD,
I MEAN WE'VE GOT A GREAT TEAM PUT TOGETHER, SO IF YOU GET A CHANCE, GIVE ME A CALL, I'D SURE LIKE TO VISIT WITH YA...303-XXX-XXXX. THANKS. BYE-BYE.
END OF MESSAGE.
Attempts to contact Mr. McInnis by phone were unsuccessful.