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May 6th, 2014

Staci Appel: Liberal, One-Term Senator, Plagiarist

Staci Appel’s website provides little insight into the Democrat congressional hopeful’s professional experience. She is a former financial advisor and one-term state senator. Now, Appel can pad her resume a bit. She is also a plagiarist.

Appel’s campaign was busted for copying material from an Illinois Democrat congressional hopeful website. Wording on the “Issues” pages of both candidates’ sites was identical.

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Jack Dorgan pointed out the resemblance Monday morning and accused Democrat Ann Callis of plagiarizing the language from Staci Appel’s website. It turns out the Appel campaign is guilty plagiarizing.

“The language identified on that page was intended to be a temporary placeholder and was inadvertently published,” Appel campaign manager Ben Miller claimed in an email to the Quad Cities Times Monday afternoon. “We removed the copy when it was brought to our attention.”

The plagiarized passages were on Appel’s website for several months.

Below are screen shots taken by the Illinois Republican Party of both Democrats’ websites before the Appel campaign removed the plagiarized passages:

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The National Republican Congressional Committee quickly pounced on the misdeed.

“The fact that Staci Appel knowingly copied content should concern a lot of Iowa voters,” said NRCC spokesman Tyler Houlton. “If Staci Appel committed plagiarism in college, she would be kicked out of the university immediately. The same standard should apply to Appel’s plagiarizing congressional campaign.”

The Appel campaign blocked access to the “Issues” page of their website for several hours after the plagiarism was discovered.

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When they finally took the time to actually write, in their own words, where Staci Appel stands on the issues and post those stances on the website sometime Monday night, the Appel campaign once again placed abortion very high on the list. Appel boasts about being endorsed by pro-abortion groups like EMILY’s List, Women’s Campaign Fund and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Opposition to school vouchers and global warming are also two of Staci Appel’s biggest priorities. Curiously, they omitted any mention of Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act.

Staci Appel was considered one of the most liberal members of the Iowa Legislature during her one term in the state senate. She lost to Kent Sorenson in a landslide in 2010.

Appel is running for the Third District seat currently occupied by Republican Congressman Tom Latham. She is the lone Democrat in the race. Appel has been referred to as “Nancy Pelosi’s pet” by Monte Shaw, one of the six Republicans hoping to win the June 3 primary.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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