Once again, Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed has found plagiarizing by Rand Paul - this time a treasure trove of four examples, all within Paul's 2012 book, Government Bullies. The first was lifted from the Cato Institute's journal Regulation:
Here’s how Sandefur wrote part of an article detailing a case of the Sackett family, who fought a legal battle with the Environmental Protection Agency over building their home on disputer wetlands:
The Sacketts requested a hearing before the EPA, where they could challenge the agency’s claim that their property is a wetland and is subject to federal regulation. But the EPA refused According to the agency, the CWA does not give property owners any right to a hearing about compliance orders.
And here’s how Paul wrote it:
They requested a hearing before the EPA where they could challenge the agency’s claim that their property was a wetland. The EPA refused. According to the agency, the Clean Water Act does not give property owners any right to a hearing regarding compliance orders.
In another instance, Paul copied a section that ran in the October 2005 edition of Environmental Protection. Paul cited in the book the PDF of the article that ran on Heartland.org and was posted there by the Pacific Legal Foundation.
Here’s how the article ran in the October 2005 edition of Environmental Protection:
On remand, federal officials changed course, claiming they had authority over Mr. Rapanos’ property because the disputed wetlands were “hydrologically connected” to navigable waters—even though the property is many miles away from any such waters. The trial court ruled in Rapanos’s favor, but on appeal, the Sixth Circuit adopted a very narrow reading of SWANCC, and reinstated his conviction.
And here’s how Sen. Paul wrote it:
Federal prosecutors changed their argument and began claiming that they had authority over the Rapanoses’ property because the land was “hydrologically connected” to navigable waters— even though the property is twenty miles away from said waters. The court again ruled in Rapanos’s favor, but on appeal the Sixth Circuit harbored a narrow interpretation of SWANCC and reinstated his conviction.
I'm only including excerpts from 2 of the 4 thefts, because, frankly, I'm starting to feel like a plagiarist myself. For the rest, please read the entire article:
Again, much gratitude to Andrew Kaczynski for staying on this story.