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Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for ten counts of voter fraud
The Daily Caller ^ | 29 July 2012 | Matthew Vadum

Posted on 07/29/2012 5:58:31 AM PDT by Hotmetal

While NAACP President Benjamin Jealous lashed out at new state laws requiring photo ID for voting, an NAACP executive sits in prison, sentenced for carrying out a massive voter fraud scheme.

In a story ignored by the national media, in April a Tunica County, Miss., jury convicted NAACP official Lessadolla Sowers on 10 counts of fraudulently casting absentee ballots. Sowers is identified on an NAACP website as a member of the Tunica County NAACP Executive Committee.

Sowers received a five-year prison term for each of the 10 counts, but Circuit Court Judge Charles Webster permitted Sowers to serve those terms concurrently, according to the Tunica Times, the only media outlet to cover the sentencing.

“This crime cuts against the fabric of our free society,” Judge Webster said.

Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis. She was also convicted of voting in the names of four dead persons: James L. Young, Dora Price, Dorothy Harris, and David Ross.

In the trial, forensic scientist Bo Scales testified that Sowers’s DNA was found on the inner seals of five envelopes containing absentee ballots.

This wasn’t Sowers’s first run-in with the law. Sowers previously had her probation revoked for disturbing the peace at a junior high school library, the Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported in 1990. During a hearing at that time, Sowers played the race card. She claimed to be the victim of “an attempt by powerful whites to silence” her, the newspaper reported. It didn’t work. She was ordered back to prison to complete the remaining two years of a three-year sentence she received for check forgery.

The NAACP has had other problems with voter fraud. The NAACP National Voter Fund registered a dead man to vote in Lake County, Ohio, in 2004. That same year, out of 325 voter registration cards filed by the NAACP in Cleveland, 48 were flagged as fraudulent.

But the NAACP’s voter fraud record doesn’t approach that of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. At least 54 individuals employed by or associated with ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud.

Voter fraud, sometimes called electoral fraud, is a blanket term used by lawyers that encompasses a host of election-related improprieties including fraudulent voting, voter registration fraud, perjury, forgery, counterfeiting, impersonation, intimidation, and identity fraud.

And ACORN, which filed for bankruptcy last November, was itself convicted of voter fraud in Nevada in April. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 10 in Las Vegas. ACORN was also banished from Ohio in 2010 when it settled a state racketeering filed against it by the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, a project of the Buckeye Institute. Under the settlement ACORN, which is now reorganizing its state chapters under different names, agreed never to return to the state.

Election experts say voter fraud is fairly common, but progressive activists typically insist that the crime is virtually nonexistent. Republicans, they say, routinely exaggerate claims of voter fraud in order to whip their political base into a frenzy and push for voter ID laws. Liberals say such laws are unfair, and claim that they discourage minorities and the poor from voting.

The NAACP’s Jealous said Monday at the group’s 102nd annual convention in Los Angeles that photo ID laws are part of an attempt to disenfranchise minorities through some “of the last existing legal pillars of Jim Crow.” Such laws stem from “the worst and most racist elements” in conservative Tea Party groups, he said.

Stephen Colbert, the liberal comedian who portrays an overbearing conservative Republican on his cable TV show “The Colbert Report,” broadcast a segment this week ridiculing Republicans for treating voter fraud as a serious problem.

Some Democrats, however, aren’t laughing. The office of District Attorney Brenda F. Mitchell, a registered Democrat who serves Mississippi’s 11th Circuit Court District, successfully prosecuted Sowers. Mitchell was appointed to the post by Republican Gov. Haley Barbour in January 2010 after the previous DA resigned. She’s now seeking the Democratic nomination for the office in a primary election scheduled for Aug. 2.

Mitchell doesn’t appear to be a conservative. She served as a legal consultant to the far-left, New York-based public interest law firm the Center for Constitutional Rights. That firm represented ACORN in an ultimately unsuccessful lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a federal law defunding the activist group. Mitchell didn’t return calls seeking comment for this article.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, is also no conservative. But she won a conviction against Joshua Reed for voter registration fraud in 2004 when she was the Hennepin County, Minn. Prosecutor.

“It was very important for the public integrity of our electoral system that somebody, if they do something like this, gets charged, gets convicted and gets consequences,” Klobuchar said at the time.

Democrats, including Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Pittsburgh District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., and Miami, Fla., State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, have all vigorously prosecuted voter fraud cases.

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Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank. Vadum’s book, Subversion Inc., was published in 2011.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/29/mississippi-naacp-leader-sent-to-prison-for-10-counts-of-voter-fraud/#ixzz221394w6b


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1 posted on 07/29/2012 5:58:38 AM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

Nothing to see here. Move along...


2 posted on 07/29/2012 6:00:57 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: Hotmetal
In a story ignored by the national media,...

Now there's a shocker...

3 posted on 07/29/2012 6:03:33 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

Must be all the newspaper layoffs I’ve been reading about.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 6:07:20 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: EGPWS

Until voting is protected we run the risk of losing our Republic!


5 posted on 07/29/2012 6:12:30 AM PDT by Shady (The Tea Party is the Party of the American People, Working and creating wealth in SPITE of OBAMA!)
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To: Hotmetal
Sowers was found guilty of voting in the names of Carrie Collins, Walter Howard, Sheena Shelton, Alberta Pickett, Draper Cotton and Eddie Davis.

See, there's her mistake. She should have voted all those times in her own name! What a racist system, letting her only vote once!


6 posted on 07/29/2012 6:17:45 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Shady

Voter fraud should do ten years in a federal pen.


7 posted on 07/29/2012 6:18:03 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Shady
Until voting is protected we run the risk of losing our Republic!

Until politicians give a crap about their country more than their beloved party, we run the risk of losing our republic.

It doesn't look promising for our republic....

8 posted on 07/29/2012 6:20:36 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: COBOL2Java

Apparently this is her booking photo, not as friendly to her. She’s been in jail over a year so release may not be too far off if time for good behavior applies.

Photo;
http://antzinpantz.com/kns/archives/46394


9 posted on 07/29/2012 6:20:53 AM PDT by deport
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Voter fraud should do ten years in a federal pen.

Exactly. Vote illegally; go to prison.

10 posted on 07/29/2012 6:23:49 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: deport
She’s been in jail over a year so release may not be too far off if time for good behavior applies

With a kisser like that I'm sure they're glad to get rid of her.

11 posted on 07/29/2012 6:25:11 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: who knows what evil?

There’s no question that fake votes gave us Al Franken and Claire McCackle in the senate.


12 posted on 07/29/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Hotmetal

I’ve never read a story about republican voter fraud. Has it ever happened?

We are left guessing Lessadolla Sowers’ political affiliation but it’s not difficult to figure out.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 6:26:27 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Free people, when presented only with evil choices, create other choices.(EternalVigilance))
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To: EGPWS

It is VERY easy to create fake photo IDs. They will NOT solve this problem. I say “purple finger” until we create and implement a more reliable system of positive identification of legal citizen voting.


14 posted on 07/29/2012 6:26:53 AM PDT by Thom Pain (U.S. Constitution is a CONTRACT!)
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To: deport

Well, as my late father would say, “Son, I could place her out in my cornfield and she would have crows, bringing back corn, they had stolen, three years ago.”

That is an ugly woman.


16 posted on 07/29/2012 6:31:52 AM PDT by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: EGPWS

On the other hand, I’m not seeing a lot on the Tennessee republicans who were involved in drug running and vote buying.


17 posted on 07/29/2012 6:32:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Hotmetal

Lessadolla Sowers. Has a nice ring to it. I’ll suggest to my daughter that her next child be named Lessadolla.


18 posted on 07/29/2012 6:33:02 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Thom Pain

I say “purple finger”


At least that would be an inperson appearance at the voting location. Lessadolla was convicted of absentee ballot fraud so the purple finger wouldn’t stop that. The article doesn’t explain how she got the all those absentee ballots.


19 posted on 07/29/2012 6:36:00 AM PDT by deport
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To: Thom Pain
I say “purple finger” until we create and implement a more reliable system of positive identification of legal citizen voting.

What and allow people to vote only once?

That would sway ALL elections in the favor of Republicans and Independents.

Certainly THAT couldn't be considered fair by our warm hearted liberal clan!

20 posted on 07/29/2012 6:38:39 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

We need an ‘audit trail’ for each vote, and we need to move election day to the first Saturday following April 15th.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 6:41:36 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Hotmetal

“Mississippi NAACP leader sent to prison for ten counts of voter fraud”... soon to be released by DoJ Eric Holder in an effort to promote harmony between the races and fight against racial discrimination... and to ensure voter fraud is an unnecessary concern where the black community is concerned...


22 posted on 07/29/2012 6:54:32 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Hotmetal

Vote Fraud by a Democrat??? Oh My.....how Unusual..../s


23 posted on 07/29/2012 7:07:18 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Capt_Hank

“That is an ugly woman.”

They say “beauty may be skin deep, but ugly is to the bone!”

QED


24 posted on 07/29/2012 7:09:53 AM PDT by Tigerized ("..and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!' cried the Toad in ecstasy." (also my 2012 strategy))
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To: Hotmetal

dont forget acorn ..obama’s old boss ..who helped him as a commuity organizer...he organized 150 thousand gang members in Chicago alone..now thats success


25 posted on 07/29/2012 7:12:23 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: EGPWS
The national media, however, managed to make a BFD out of the 20 misguided kids who turned out to shout abusive slogans at a Chick-fil-A truck in Washington:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2912057/posts

26 posted on 07/29/2012 7:17:26 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: Tigerized

By the time Democrats reach a particular age, it seems like their inner ugliness reaches the surface. Hence the obsession with plastic surgery, botox, hair plugs, etc...


27 posted on 07/29/2012 7:21:35 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; ...

Mississippi **** P-I-N-G ****


28 posted on 07/29/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT by jmax (I'm armed...round is chambered...full magazine is inserted...safety is off.)
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To: Hotmetal

Isn’t Benjamin Jealous a perfect name for the NAACP president?


29 posted on 07/29/2012 7:23:28 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: Thom Pain
It is VERY easy to create fake photo IDs. They will NOT solve this problem.I say “purple finger” until we create and implement a more reliable system of positive identification of legal citizen voting.

At the least, have a system in each polling place where poll watchers can spot-check IDs by checking them against the government database. Show up with a fake ID, go to jail immediately. Of course, this is no help with IDs that were officially issued, but through a corrupt clerk.

Still, having to go through the trouble of getting a fake ID will at least reduce the level of fraud. In many places, you just need to show up and claim to be whichever dead person on the rolls you choose, and go vote.

30 posted on 07/29/2012 7:24:35 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Hotmetal

Why? What is it that people want that they are willing to risk jail time and the destruction of our republic? Those great elected jobs? They’re not stuffing ballot boxes to vote themselves into jobs. It’s money. They want access to the public treasury to loot it. Too many conservatives think that the Democrats are just misguided. They’re not that noble. They want to loot the public treasury for the benefit of themselves and their buddies. Democrats are deep into politics because there’s more money and less risk robbing the public treasury than robbing banks and grocery stores.


31 posted on 07/29/2012 7:24:46 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Thom Pain
“purple finger”

I think this would be a big improvement over what we are now doing, but it wouldn't stop the 'illegals' from voting. What we really need is for the scientific community to come up with 'instant DNA'.

32 posted on 07/29/2012 7:29:38 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Hotmetal

It’s always a Democrat getting arrested and convicted for voting crimes. And they always tell us it isn’t a problem.


33 posted on 07/29/2012 7:34:39 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Hotmetal
A small crumb of an enormous cake. NAACP must be proud helping the man of color hold on to his office so the tax money keeps coming and the mear pittance of loose change is thrown to thier dependence for thier vote. Talk about black on black slavery.
34 posted on 07/29/2012 7:34:39 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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If they have a ‘SNAP’ (digital food stamp card) - They also have a igital state photo ID card (with their fingerprints encoded on a visible bar code to prevent multiple SNAP fraud) from State Social Services.

1 of of 4 blacks (25%) are lying when they say they do not have a photo ID.

But 3 out or 4 (75%) of black men also have a criminal felony conviction record.

Feel better now?

Eric Holder and King Jerk-A-Boo do.....

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35 posted on 07/29/2012 7:44:48 AM PDT by devolve (-------------- ------- OHMSS ----------- ---------------------)
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To: Hotmetal
Why are these negros still taken seriously?
36 posted on 07/29/2012 7:51:30 AM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Hotmetal
Damnation! Looking like a pudgy Obama... I thought I'd skate for sure!

Say, Lessadolla, isn't that... racist?

37 posted on 07/29/2012 8:00:40 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: who knows what evil?
I view vote fraud as something as serious as espionage, it s a fundamental attack on the foundation of the commonwealth. Espionage is an attack on the commonwealth’s continued existence as a free state. Vote fraud undermines society's foundation by subverting voting which is even more fundamental.
38 posted on 07/29/2012 8:10:59 AM PDT by Reily
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To: cripplecreek
On the other hand, I’m not seeing a lot on the Tennessee republicans who were involved in drug running and vote buying.

I read about that happening in Kentucky. Is it also happening in TN?

39 posted on 07/29/2012 8:44:25 AM PDT by upchuck ("Definition of 'racist:' someone that is winning an argument with a liberal." ~ Peter Brimelow)
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To: Hotmetal

Wow, five years in the pen. That story should be spread far and wide. Not so funny to vote early and often anymore. And to hear Acorn was run out of a State. RIGHT ON!


40 posted on 07/29/2012 8:44:42 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Voter fraud strikes at the very heart of our system and freedom. The penalty for voter fraud and election tampering should be death.

You screw with America, you die!


41 posted on 07/29/2012 8:49:57 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Hotmetal

Wow, five years in the pen. That story should be spread far and wide. Not so funny to vote early and often anymore. And to hear Acorn was run out of a State. RIGHT ON!


42 posted on 07/29/2012 8:52:08 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Reily

One gets the impression that many Americans don’t view voting multiple times for an individual candidate any different than voting multiple times for their favorite on ‘American Idol’...


43 posted on 07/29/2012 8:52:54 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Thom Pain

I was telling my wife the other day we should start with the purple finger.

How could the Dems be against it? It would not prevent anyone (including those who should not vote sadly) from being able to cast their vote.

It would just stop them from voting more than once.

It’s a step in the right direction.


44 posted on 07/29/2012 8:53:19 AM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: bert

For a second conviction, maybe...


45 posted on 07/29/2012 8:59:08 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Isn’t Benjamin Jealous a perfect name for the NAACP president?

Yeah, ole Ben Jealous (Been Jealous of white people all his life)

46 posted on 07/29/2012 9:09:29 AM PDT by Kenton
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To: upchuck

That might be the one I’m thinking of but there is also a vote buying scandal in Tennessee. I don’t know if these are democrats or republicans but it needs to be crushed no matter what.

Here in Michigan we have a scandal that doesn’t appear to be quite illegal but does step all over campaign finance rules and its just plain unethical.

Our republican speaker of the house was caught in a deal with a democrat who switched parties. The deal involved having the former democrat’s nephew to mount a fake campaign to run as a democrat with the intent of dropping out so his uncle would keep the seat as a republican. Now that they’ve been caught, everyone has turned on everyone and nobody is likely to keep their seats.


47 posted on 07/29/2012 9:10:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Reily

>>I view vote fraud as something as serious as espionage...<

I put it right up there too. Have there been any polls asking people how they view vote fraud? Not asking who commits the fraud, but how serious do they view fraudulent voting, period.

The cross tabs would be fascinating reading, I’m betting.


48 posted on 07/29/2012 9:27:45 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: Norseman

none that I am aware of!
You are right it would be interesting
to see what John Q. Public actually thinks about it.
I fear the answer may disappoint us.


49 posted on 07/29/2012 9:42:50 AM PDT by Reily
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To: Hotmetal

Voter fraud was done in black communities when I was young - one more way white liberal elites use blacks...


50 posted on 07/29/2012 10:11:09 AM PDT by GOPJ (Political correctness is simply George Orwell's Newspeak by a non-threatening name. FR- Bernard Marx)
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