Rick Crawford (Arkansas)

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Rick Crawford
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U.S. House, Arkansas, District 1
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMarion Berry (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.73 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,591,083
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sArkansas State University, 1996
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1985-1989
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 22, 1966
Place of birthHomestead Air Force Base, FL
Net worth$-175,001
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Crawford (b. January 22, 1966, in Homestead Air Force Base, Florida) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 1st Congressional District. Crawford was first elected to the House in 2010.

Crawford most recently won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas's 1st District. He ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary. He defeated Scott Ellington in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Crawford is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Crawford is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Crawford's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1985-1989: United States Army
  • 1996: Graduated from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro with B.S.
  • 2011-Present: U.S. Representative from Arkansas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Crawford serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development & Credit (Chair)
    • Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

2011-2012

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Vice Chair
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[3] For more information pertaining to Crawford's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[4]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[5]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[6]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "Yes" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[8] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[9][10] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[10] Crawford voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[11][12] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[12] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[13] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Crawford joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[11][12]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Crawford voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Crawford voted for HR 2775.[18]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Voted "No" In March 2013 the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[19] However, not all Republican representatives voted in favor of the proposal.[19] Crawford was one of the 10 Republican Representatives who voted against Ryan's budget proposal.[19]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[20]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[19] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011 only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[19] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.[19]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[22] The vote largely followed party lines.[23]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[24]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Crawford voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[25]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Crawford voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[26]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Rick Crawford's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Crawford is a Hard-Core Conservative. Crawford received a score of 22 percent on personal issues and 81 percent on economic issues.[27]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[27]

Targeted by Club for Growth Action

In February 2013, the Club for Growth Action, a fiscally conservative Super PAC, launched a website called "www.PrimaryMyCongressman.com." According to the Club for Growth Action, "the purpose of the website is to raise awareness of Republicans In Name Only (RINOs) who are currently serving in safe Republican seats....The website will offer Club members and the general public the opportunity to recommend primary opponents to the incumbents highlighted by Club for Growth Action, as well as to recommend primary challengers for any Republican member of Congress. Club for Growth Action will rotate liberal Republicans through the website to highlight their failed records on limiting government." Crawford was one of the first nine incumbent Republicans to be targeted by the site, which gave him a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 56%.[28][29]

Campaign themes

2012

Crawford's campaign website listed the following issues:[30]

  • Healthcare Reform – Repeal and Replace
Excerpt: "If I am elected, I will vote to repeal this law and replace it with reforms that will preserve the best parts of the American healthcare system while addressing the problems of access and affordability."
  • America’s Budget Crisis
Excerpt: "The single greatest threat facing the United States right now is our growing national debt and Washington’s insatiable desire to spend ever-increasing amounts of borrowed money. "
  • ENERGY – Affordable Fuel and Domestic Security
Excerpt: "Our nation and our economy rely on energy, and the United States needs to pursue a comprehensive energy policy that ensures affordable, available energy to all Americans."

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Crawford is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He was unopposed in the Republican primary election on May 20, 2014. Crawford will face Jackie McPherson (D) and Brian Scott Willhite (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Arkansas' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Crawford won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas' 1st District. He ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary. He defeated Scott Ellington in the general election on November 6, 2012.[31]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Ellington 39.1% 96,601
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Crawford Incumbent 56.2% 138,800
     Green Jacob Holloway 2% 5,015
     Libertarian Jessica Paxton 2.6% 6,427
Total Votes 246,843
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Crawford is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Crawford raised a total of $2,591,083 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[33]

Rick Crawford (Arkansas)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arkansas, District 1) Won $1,338,445
2010 US House (Arkansas, District 1) Won $1,252,638
Grand Total Raised $2,591,083

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Crawford's reports.[34]

Rick Crawford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 10, 2013$155,981.82$60,076.11$(62,242.30)$153,815.63
July Quarterly[36]July 11, 2013$153,815.63$99,185.65$(84,068.96)$168,932.32
October Quarterly[37]October 9, 2013$168,932.32$185,952.06$(48,556.19)$306,328.19
Year-End[38]January 27, 2014$306,328$86,684$(59,386)$333,626
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$33,626$97,455$(70,556)$360,524
Pre-Primary[40]May 7, 2014$360,524$29,155$(10,938)$378,740
Running totals
$558,507.82$(335,747.45)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Crawford's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Crawford won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Crawford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,338,445 and spent $1,211,036.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Crawford spent $8.73 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Crawford's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Crawford won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Crawford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,252,638 and spent $1,172,563.[43]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Arkansas District 1, 2010 - Rick Crawford (Arkansas) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,252,638
Total Spent $1,172,563
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,601,832
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,584,473
Top contributors to Rick Crawford (Arkansas)'s campaign committee
Moore Farms$10,100
National Restaurant Assn$10,000
AT&T Inc$9,250
Baughn Construction$9,200
Assoc Radiologists$9,100
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$104,203
Health Professionals$83,933
Crop Production & Basic Processing$76,332
Retired$75,916
Candidate Committees$35,500

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Crawford's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-230,000 and $-120,002. That averages to $-175,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Crawford ranked as the 436th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2009 and 2012, Crawford's calculated net worth[45] decreased by an average of 374 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

Rick Crawford Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$17,124
2012$-175,001
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-1,122%
Average annual growth:-374%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Crawford is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Crawford most often votes with:

Crawford least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Crawford missed 20 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Crawford paid his congressional staff a total of $894,913 in 2011. He ranked 115th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 140th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 38th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Crawford ranked 103rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Crawford ranked 113th in the conservative rankings.[54]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Crawford has voted with the Republican Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 162nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

Personal

Crawford and his wife, Stacy, have two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

  1. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Rick Crawford," accessed November 1, 2011
  2. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  3. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  5. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  6. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  9. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  13. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Washington Post, "10 House Republicans Vote Against Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  20. CBS News, "Senate Rejects Paul Ryan Budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  27. 27.0 27.1 On The Issues, "Rick Crawford Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  28. Idaho Statesman, "Club for Growth targets Idaho Rep. Simpson for defeat in 2014," accessed February 27, 2013
  29. The New York Times, "Club for Growth Leads Conservative Charge, Sometimes at Republicans," March 13, 2013
  30. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 10, 2012
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Rick Crawford," accessed March 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford Year-End," accessed February 4, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford April Quarterly," accessed April 20, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Rick Crawford Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Rick Crawford 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Rick Crawford 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  44. OpenSecrets, "Rick Crawford (R-Ark), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49. GovTrack, "Rick Crawford," accessed June 7 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Rick Crawford," accessed July 30, 2013
  51. GovTrack, "Rick Crawford," accessed April 2, 2013
  52. LegiStorm, "Rick Crawford," accessed August 21, 2012
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Marion Berry
U.S. House - Arkansas District 1
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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