GOP cong-wannabe DeMaio plagiarized National Journal study, even copied the typos

Call him Carl DeTypo.

Republican congressman-wannabe Carl DeMaio, who has been dogged by accusations of having stolen his idea from others, appears to have been caught plagiarizing a report from the National Journal that DeMaio claimed he created himself.

DeMaio apparently copied and pasted the original National Journal study by Shane Goldmacher into a new document that DeMaio then claimed was a “new” report that he had himself created.

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And DeMaio didn’t only claim credit for Goldmacher’s study, DeMaio claimed that his study was the “first ever” about this Congress, when clearly he knew the work had been “borrowed” from National Journal’s earlier study “this Congress.”  So even if DeMaio wants to haggle over the term “plagiarism,” he lied about his study being the “first,” as it was based on another earlier study, and he knew it.

But of course, it had to be plagiarism. Not only is DeMaio’s report identical to the National Journal report, down to the abbreviations used in each, but I discovered that DeMaio’s report even includes the same typos as the National Journal study.

same-typos

Still, DeMaio claims he did not plagiarise the National Journal report, though to date DeMaio has not explained how he managed to recreate the exact same typos as the National Journal.

Carl DeMaio

Carl DeMaio

DeMaio Typo 1: “Maryland=7″

Note the typo where it says “Maryland=7″ in the National Journal report, below. It should say “Maryland-7,” with a dash instead of an equal sign.

Note the typo where it says "Maryland=7" in the National Journal report. It should say "Maryland-7" with a dash instead of an equal sign.

Note the typo where it says “Maryland=7″ in the National Journal report. It should say “Maryland-7″ with a dash instead of an equal sign.

Note how the DeMaio “report” has the exact same typo in “Maryland=7.”

Note how the DeMaio "report" has the exact same typo in "Maryland=7."

Note how the DeMaio “report” has the exact same typo in “Maryland=7.”

DeMaio Typo 2: “Wisconisn”

The second typo that the National Journal study and DeMaio’s “report” have in common is a misspelling of the state “Wisconsin,” which both National Journal and DeMaio spelled “Wisconisn.”

National Journal:

national-journal-typo

DeMaio:

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Other examples of the DeMaio report’s similarities

The DeMaio report also uses the same abbreviations as the actual report from National Journal.

First, note the abbreviations used in the National Journal Report:

natl-journal-assoc natla-journal-sys

Now note the abbreviations used in DeMaio’s report for the same two entries:

demaio-abbrev-1

DeMaio denies plagiarism charge

When confronted by the National Journal, a DeMaio spokesman seemed to suggest that the report was not in fact plagiarized:

DeMaio spokesman Dave McCulloch defended the report, arguing that DeMaio had been “targeting state and local politicians” for pensions since 2004.

“As Carl takes his pension-reform efforts national, the campaign expanded his list to include members of Congress, using publicly available data including Member Financial Interest Disclosures and the previous reporting done by National Journal,” McCulloch said.

He claimed the campaign document is “the first report on Double Dipping covering the current Congress,” though no new financial disclosures have been released since the National Journal database was published last June, except for lawmakers who filed extensions.

In other words, DeMaio also lied when he claimed that his report was “the first report” on the current Congress.  No, the first report was the one that DeMaio plagiarized, and he clearly knew it since his staff admitted they used the National Journal report to create their own.  So then why did DeMaio claim his report was first?

DeMaio has a history of taking credit for other’s work

This isn’t the first time DeMaio has been accused of taking credit for the work of others. Here’s former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, also a Republican:

“Carl DeMaio knows that his record of grandstanding, division, and a radical agenda won’t fly with San Diego voters, so once again he is trying to take credit for the good work others are doing,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Carl DeMaio needs to quit his dishonest tactics if he wants to win voters’ trust.”

DeMaio has also faced repeated accusations that he has stolen ideas campaign ideas from Democratic opponent Rep. Scott Peters.

And even more accusations of plagiarism.

Copying two typos exactly is the nail in the coffin.

Or the Xerox machine, as it were.


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  • Toni

    Demaio states in the National Journal that he takes full responsibility and “I don’t throw my staff under the bus” That’s EXACTLY what you did Carl. Take responsibility for that! You can add liar to your bio.

  • Butch1

    He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer, is he.

  • ottnott

    Yep. Same thought, about 5 seconds after seeing the images.

    With a little more consideration, you can see that they copied and pasted a screen at a time.

    Note in John’s Typo 1 comparison that the National Journal report has a screen ending with Eshoo, and DeMaio’s report has a small break and a column size change between Eshoo and the next name.

    The screen-by-screen copy and paste is even more evident in your comparison of abbreviations in the two reports. There, you show a National Journal screen ending with Brady and the next screen beginning with Butterfield. The DeMaio report has a small break between Brady and Butterfield.

    Looking at DeMaio’s full report, one can readily see that the entire list is in groups of 10 that correspond exactly with the screens of 10 names in the National Journal list.

    I actually live in Scott Peters’ district, and am not a fan of his by any means, but I will have no qualms about voting for him over DeMaio.

  • dcinsider

    It’s not them it’s the rest of us who must live with their stupidity.

  • Doolin Green

    It’s obvious to those of us who use excel frequently that DeMaio simply copied and pasted the list into excel. In the first column (names) the column was not widened so that some names run to two lines but remain in the same cell, which you can tell by the coloration. And for the “pension” numbers, one simply reformats the entire column to show it in US dollars. And it was done poorly. Once it is in excel there are a number of ways it could easily have been disguised.

  • tb

    So now that Carl “Cinco” DeMaio has admitted the plagiary, when can we expect her to throw in the towel?

  • olandp

    But, but, but, the DeMaio report has commas in the numbers. Obviously independent work.

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  • Jack Smach

    Don’t tell me the MasterBaiter also cuts and paste! And both publically.. Teabagin’ is just going downhill, I tell you …

  • HelenRainier

    John, that’s good. Took me a bit to catch it.

  • Drew2U

    All this means is that he’s now got a real shot as the GOP pick for president in 2016. Our little girl is growing up.

  • crazymonkeylady

    Is it mean to say the folks who vote for this man deserve what they get?

  • Indigo

    What wonderful textual evidence to fuel the controversy whether cut-and-paste is plagiarism.
    Modern Language Association 2015, Vancouver . . . you have a mission

  • Indigo

    My thought exactly.

  • BillFromDover

    An over-graduate in the discliplin of Aqua Buddhism, perhaps?

  • cole3244

    this should make him a shoe in to be the gop nominee for something somewhere someplace.

  • Lawerence Collins

    He looks like a Koch whore, Rethuglican.. Putting his name on it made it different. Right?

  • PeteWa

    excellent!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    You need more commas and dollar signs. Here you go, I have a whole keyboard full of ‘em:
    ,,,,,,,,,
    $$$$$

    If only I could figure out the comma-to-Bitcoin exchange rate, I’d be a virtual millionaire!

  • emjayay

    Bounced right off mine.

    ?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Your comment is so much better than mine. I have no idea why. It just reeks with…veritas, gravitas, and something else ending with ‘-itas’.

    Also, double-plus $,

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Took me a second, then you got the laugh your reply comment so richly deserved.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Yes, but it took a minute to sink into my brain.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    See what I did there? ;-)

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    So the addition of dollar signs and commas in the amounts column is what DeMaio considers sufficient to steal someone else’s work and make it his own.

    What’s doubly sad is his trying to make it sound like pensions are an inherently bad thing. We need more guaranteed pensions, not less or fewer.

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  • http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Arel Harry R. Sohl

    Hold DeMaio San Diego! #HoldDeMaio!

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    So the addition of dollar signs and commas in the amounts column is what DeMaio considers sufficient to steal someone else’s work and make it his own.

    What’s doubly sad is his trying to make it sound like pensions are an inherently bad thing. We need more guaranteed pensions, not less or fewer.

  • Buford2k11

    so he went to the “Rand Paul School of Cut and Paste”…amazing…

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