SLO County political consultant accused of plagiarism
August 2, 2011
By KAREN VELIE
Controversial San Luis Obispo County political consultant Cory Black, who helped Ian Parkinson win the local top cop position, is being accused of plagiarism.
Andrew Russo of Paramount Communications said Black plagiarized the content of his website, reproducing his words in an attempt to garner clients.
“Cory Black of Public Policy Solutions, Inc. is guilty of plagiarism and downright theft, pure and simple,” Russo said.
“Black ‘cut and pasted’ the ‘Campaign Services’ section of our website which has been up since 2008 and placed it on his own website and used that content to garner clients at Paramount’s expense,” Russo added. “This kind of behavior is totally reprehensible and beneath contempt. It shows everyone – from clients to vendors – the true nature and character of Mr. Black and his firm.”
Shortly after Russo exposed Black’s alleged plagiarism, the duplicated information was removed from the web site, but, not before Russo made a screen shot of the alleged theft.
Black, the vice chair of the Democratic Central Committee and the exalted ruler of the Atascadero Elks Lodge, was last year accused of sending out the slate mailers to registered Democrats that recommended Republican Parkinson as “the best choices for San Luis Obispo Democrats,” a move that outraged several members of the Democrat Central Committee.
Black did not return requests for comment.
When asked if he plans on filing a lawsuit, Russo said he is considering his options.