WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue November 5, 2013
Rand Paul Facing Allegations of Using Plagiarized Material in Op-Ed Piece
Senator Rand Paul is facing charges of plagiarizing material used in an op-ed article. The Kentucky Republican has also had to explain in recent weeks how Wikipedia entries were used in his speeches without attribution.
Sen. Paul wrote an opinion piece about mandatory minimum prison sentences for The Washington Times that was published in September. An article posted on Buzzfeed points out that the Bowling Green Republican copied language contained in an essay published by The Week magazine.
Multiple lines in Senator Paul’s op-ed appear to be lifted verbatim from the essay written by Dan Stewart and published shortly before the Senator’s op-ed came out.
Aides to Senator Paul have declined to answer questions about the incident.
However, aides told the website Politico that they would be “more cautious in presenting and attributing sources” after it was discovered that Paul used word-for-word Wikipedia entries during a speech last week.