Former U.S. Representative Scott McInnis is donating some of his leftover campaign money to a group helping to manage a natural area bearing his name. McInnis is giving $50,000 from his campaign coffers to Friends of McInnis Canyons. It's a non–profit group formed to help the Bureau of Land Management maintain the conservation area south and west of Fruita.
McInnis is considering a run for governor and has more than $1 million dollars left in his campaign account, but that money cannot be used to run for state office.
The 122,000 acre Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area was re–named by Congress for McInnis last year just before the representative for much of the Western Slope retired.
In addition, McInnis will give $10,000 a year to Mesa State College for a scholarship fund.
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