Politics

Sen. Scott Brown Plagiarized Childhood Memories from Elizabeth Dole

| by Michael Allen

American Bridge 21st Century, a Super PAC associated with liberal causes, discovered that Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) offical website contained quite a bit of text taken from a campaign speech for Elizabeth Dole’s 2002 North Carolina Senate run, which was posted on her website.

In a message to students on his site, which has since been removed but can be found here, Sen. Brown borrowed from Dole’s childhood memories: “I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference. From an early age, I was taught that success is measured not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe.”

Brown spokesman John Donnelly told the Boston Globe: “Senator Dole’s website served as one of the models for Senator Brown’s website when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten. It was a staff level oversight which we regret and is being corrected.”

But Politico.com reports that on a page about internships, another section of text mirrors Dole’s site: “Senator Brown has long encouraged young people to become involved in the political process. As a public servant, he strongly believes that public service is a noble thing to do, and a wonderful way to give back.”

Donnelly told Politico.com that he could not comment on the similar intern page language.

Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century, told the Boston Globe: “This kind of plagiarism makes me wonder how many things about Scott Brown are really genuine."

Brian Nick, Dole’s former chief of staff, told Politico.com: “It’s human error by someone who was using templates content and inadvertently grabbed some non-template content. Democrats are doing what they can with this for obviously reasons, but, pretty silly stuff.”