Is Bachus an online gambling plagiarist?

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But the original author says he doesnt mind

One of the most determined US critics of online gambling, Spencer Bachus, the Alabama Republican Representative, may have not been original in his choice for words condemning online gambling, states the Washington Times publication.

Content from two op-ed articles is being quoted by the newspaper, written by Backus for the press in 2009, which bears a noticeable and distinct resemblance to similar statements originally made in a Wall Street Journal article three years ago by the now retired Jim Leach representative, who is a politician receiving credit for the following the money concept and the UIGEA-like disruptions introduction in financial transactions of online casinos.

However, Leach doesnt mind it and says that Bachus was an important ally in his fight against the proliferation of online gambling in the US, and that it is a common practice for politicians to use statements voiced by others.

When the newspaper approached Leach for comment, who is now a University of Iowa visiting professor, he said:

I knew Spencer Bachus quite well. He is no slouch and he is a smart guy. If he wanted to use anything written by me, I would consider it a compliment.

Leach also said that Bachus would have been informed of his long-term position concerning the issue, which means that he may have told a member of the staff creating his material to review the past statements of Leach.

Most of the stuff on Capitol Hill is written by others and I do not think that he would have done this in a direct way, said Leach. I approve of it, definitely.

The plagiarismtoday.coms founder Jonathan Bailey said that such writing is troublesome for the reason that the words are almost identical and not attributed to anyone.