(CNN) – Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown's website looks a little different Thursday than it has before.
Democratic Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century revealed that a portion of the Republican's official Senate website was an exact duplication of book excerpts from former Sen. Elizabeth Dole. The Super PAC is working to unseat Senator Brown.
Brown's press secretary, John Donnelly, said in a statement the matter was an error in production. "Sen. Dole's website served as one of the models for Sen. Brown's website when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten. It was a staff level oversight which we regret and has been corrected."
After accusations of plagiarism surfaced, the offending portions of "A Message from Scott," were removed from the Student Resources section of his website earlier this week.
Dole, a one-term Republican senator from North Carolina, wrote in her book Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart, "I am Mary and John Hanford's daughter, raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference. From an early age, I was taught that success is measured, not in material accumulations, but in service to others. I was encouraged to join causes larger than myself, to pursue positive change through a sense of mission, and to stand up for what I believe."
The same text was used on Dole's website with the reference to her parents subtracted. That passage was then replicated on Brown's website word-for-word.
The material was originally from a campaign speech by Dole
It was originally spoken by Dole in a campaign speech.
The replacement message reads, "Welcome to my Student Resources page. It has always been my belief that we can be who we want if we work hard enough. I work every day to be the best Senator I can, and to humbly serve you in the United States Senate. Public service is a wonderful calling, and I encourage all students and young people to strive to make a difference in our world."
Dole's Chief of Staff Brian Nick said his office, like Brown's, was chalking it up to clerical error.
"We were aware that they used the website template and it is obvious human error. This is much ado about nothing," Nick said.