An entire section of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 2013 book Government Bullies was copied wholesale from a 2003 case study by the Heritage Foundation, BuzzFeed has learned. The copied section, 1,318 words, is by far the most significant instance reported so far of Paul borrowing language from other published material.

… The copied text relates to the 2003 case of David McNab, a Honduran businessman who, along with three American businesspeople, was convicted of multiple felony counts related to the illegal harvest and importation of Caribbean spiny lobster tails in violation of the 1900 Lacey Act.

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2 Responses to “Rand Paul’s Plagiarism Gets a Spine”

  1. Alan Allport Says:

    “This is a witch hunt and grasping at straws.”

    Surely it’s a kangaroo court sacrificing a scapegoat?

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Alan: Yes, I thought of making something of that… If they keep going along those lines, they may yet rival the classic Gingrich press release.

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