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.


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.


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:




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 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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