Sen. Rand Paul
(R-Ky.) is facing another accusation of plagiarism.
According to BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, a whole section of
Government Bullies was copied from a 2003 Heritage
case study. The case study is reportedly cited in the book’s
footnotes, but there is no indication or acknowledgement that
the same words from the study were taken and used in the text
of the book.
A spokesman from The Heritage Foundation told BuzzFeed that they
“don’t care” about the copying.
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 new cut-and-paste job follows reports by BuzzFeed, Politico,
and MSNBC that Paul had plagiarized speeches either from Wikipedia
or news reports. The book was published in August 2013 by Center
Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.
The news comes days after Paul was accused of plagiarizing from
the Wikipedia entry on the sci-fi film Gattaca during
a speech at Liberty University. Reason‘s Ron Bailey wrote
on the controversy surrounding the Liberty University speech
has dismissed questions surrounding his speech and has
accused MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who pointed out some of the
similarities between sections of Paul’s speech and the
Gattaca Wikipedia article, of “spreading hate on me for
three years now.”
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