If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - then plagiarism must take flattery to a whole new level of sincerity. So the Center for Budget and Policies Priorities (CBPP) in Washington, DC must really be feeling the sincere love from Maine Governor Paul LaPage. According to news reports, the governor awarded the Alexander Group a $925,000 no-bid contract to do a report on the performance of Maine’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. When the report was turned in, however, it contained sections, some as long as two full pages, which were lifted directly from the work of CBPP.
The revelation has caused quite a fuss in Maine where the entire affair has been dubbed “LaPlagarism.”CBPP’s vice president, said that she had never seen the organization’s work copied so liberally.
Pennsylvania readers will recognize the Alexander Group’s founder, president and CEO, Gary Alexander as Governor Corbett’s first Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare. While he was DPW’s secretary, he maintained a home in Rhode Island and did a six-hour taxpayer funded commute from work to home. We also remember that, while he was still the DPW secretary, he started his own private consulting firm to do real estate deals.
Ever the stickler for appearances, Secretary Alexander also imposed a dress code for women working at DPW that required them to wear pantyhose.
The report in question, by the way, has quite a handsome cover.