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Senate Candidate's Development Website Filler Text Extensively Quoted Ron Paul Newsletter

A web development snafu.

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Dan Sullivan is a former attorney general of Alaska and is running for Senate as a Republican against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

On Thursday afternoon, Sullivan's campaign website was online — but when searching on Google for Sullivan's issues page, a development version of the site could also be found.

The filler text on the development site quoted extensively from newsletters published by former Rep. Ron Paul.

Brian Donahue, a partner at CRAFT, a digital firm doing work for the Sullivan campaign, said the filler text was a vendor issue — and not something the Sullivan campaign did.

"We were made aware of so-called dummy copy, found on a development site, not on the Dan Sullivan campaign site," Donahue said in a statement to BuzzFeed. "Normally, placeholder copy is used during the development process. We contacted the vendor and they removed it. This is a mistake of a developer and not of the campaign."

Including a bit where it says "an ex-cop I know advises that if you have to use a gun on a youth, you should leave the scene immediately, disposing of the wiped off gun as soon as possible."

Another section talks about America becoming known as "the torturers of the 21st century."

"We assume that by keeping the already known torture pictures from the public's eye, we will be remembered only as a generous and good people. The younger generation is interested in experimenting. A dangerous war now spreads throughout the Middle East and Central Asia. Thousands of innocent people being killed as we become known as the torturers of the 21st century. Get rid of it. Get rid of it."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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