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Kopser Plagiarized Some Text in Campaign Materials

He’s running for Lamar Smith’s seat.

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Ally Mutnick
Jan. 16, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

“The campaign of” Army veteran Joseph Kopser (D), “an Iraq War veteran and entrepreneur running to represent Texas’ 21st Congressional District, repeatedly used sentences from news sites and other sources without attribution, in several cases lifting them word for word. As part of a response to a question about climate change in a Science Debate questionnaire, Kopser’s campaign used a sentence taken verbatim from the news site Vox. … Another response from the questionnaire that also appears on Kopser’s campaign site … comes directly from a blog post on the website of the Alliance to Save Energy.

“Other examples of plagiarism appear throughout Kopser’s campaign site, including comments about the disproportionate incarceration of black and Latino men (taken from The Dallas Morning News); the uneven distribution of income gains in the U.S. economy (taken from The Washington Post); … and a proposal for executive branch ethics reform (taken from a New Republic article).”

Environmental activist Derrick Crowe (D), who is “running against Kopser in the Democratic primary, discovered the examples of plagiarism using the website Quetext.” (Huffington Post)

The seat is GOP-leaning but Kopser outraised Rep. Lamar Smith last year before he announced his 2018 retirement. Democrats are targeting the district.


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