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96% of Negative Super PAC Spending Since Iowa Has Targeted Gingrich
WSJ - blog ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | By Jeremy Singer-Vine

Posted on 01/10/2012 4:07:38 PM PST by Jim Robinson

Nearly all negative spending by super PACs in the presidential campaign over the past week has gone toward opposing Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who trailed badly in polls leading up to today’s New Hampshire primary, according to a WSJ analysis of expenditures reported to the Federal Election Commission.

In total, anti-Gingrich super PAC Restore Our Future disclosed $89,962 in expenditures opposing Mr. Gingrich’s candidacy since the Jan. 3 caucuses in Iowa, where he came in fourth. That’s 96% of all negative spending in the past week by super PACs, the newest and most controversial form of political action committee, which can raise unlimited sums of money but aren’t permitted to coordinate with the campaigns.

Here’s how negative spending by super PACs looked over the past week, according to our analysis of expenditures submitted to FEC:

Negative Super PAC Spending Since Iowa Caucus

Newt Gingrich   $89,961.75
Mitt Romney   $1,548.41
Rick Santorum   $1,276.23
Ron Paul   $1,121.73


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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duplicate; elections; feminists; gingrich; governmentemployees; pensioners; romney; santorum; spending
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1 posted on 01/10/2012 4:07:49 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Romney was scared most of Newt.


2 posted on 01/10/2012 4:09:06 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jim Robinson

The powers that be are working overtime to anoint us with Willlard, then he will loose the general election.


3 posted on 01/10/2012 4:11:20 PM PST by PMAS
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To: Jim Robinson

In the tank for Romney and against Gingrich today:

Rush Limbaugh

Pat Buchanan

Ron Paul

How ‘likely’ or ‘natural’ is that alliance?

The GOP - offering a distinction without a difference for as long as you will play.


5 posted on 01/10/2012 4:14:39 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Jim Robinson

And yet, Rush attacked Newt today for going negative on Romney. Makes you wonder whose side he’s on anyway. Unreal...


6 posted on 01/10/2012 4:14:46 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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Since the beginning of the 2012 election cycle, Restore Our Future has spent nearly $4.5 million on anti-Gingrich mailings and advertisements. Other negative spending by super PACs doesn’t come close. The next most-attacked candidate is Mitt Romney, whom two super PACs have spent roughly $308,000 opposing.

Negative Super PAC Spending Over Entire Campaign

Newt Gingrich   $4,470,936.44
Mitt Romney   $307,967.08
Rick Santorum   $1,464.15
Ron Paul   $1,564.39

7 posted on 01/10/2012 4:15:43 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I thought I heard today that Newt’s super PAC just got $20 million from a casino owner. That should help Newt to combat this unbalance in SC.


8 posted on 01/10/2012 4:20:30 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Jim Robinson

The south will save us from Willlard


9 posted on 01/10/2012 4:21:10 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Jim Robinson

What else would you expect from Mitt McCain, the candidate who likes to fire people?


10 posted on 01/10/2012 4:21:10 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Lazlo in PA
unbalance imbalance
11 posted on 01/10/2012 4:21:58 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Windflier

No matter how conservative some on our side like to call themselves, in the end they are bigger wimps than RINOs.

What ever happened to all of the moaning about “taking the gloves off” and not playing by “Queensbury rules”? I guess those are just cliches you utter when they want to appear as “tough”.

They dont play to win, but they sure as hell complain when the Democrats do it without a blink.


12 posted on 01/10/2012 4:22:18 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Windflier

“And yet, Rush attacked Newt today for going negative on Romney. Makes you wonder whose side he’s on anyway. Unreal...”

So did Pat Buchanan on Hannity’s Radio Romney program today.


13 posted on 01/10/2012 4:22:37 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

First, a $5 million down payment for SC only to take out Willard..

Viva Las Vegas! : )


14 posted on 01/10/2012 4:23:26 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: DesertRhino

We’ll do what we can. Last time there was not a damn thing we could do to stop McCain in Mississippi. I did get to vote for the black guy though. Alan Keyes by name.


15 posted on 01/10/2012 4:25:21 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Windflier

Rush did also say that Romney had it coming to him after his attack in Iowa.


16 posted on 01/10/2012 4:25:35 PM PST by Shelayne
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To: Psalm 144

And John McCain raved about Mitt...


17 posted on 01/10/2012 4:25:47 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: PMAS
"The powers that be are working overtime to anoint us with Willlard, then he will loose the general election."

You got that right, there are not enough Mormons to elect Romney. He really is not all that exciting of an individual.

18 posted on 01/10/2012 4:25:47 PM PST by Afronaut (It's 1984)
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To: Jim Robinson

Payback will be epic in South Carolina!

Newtorum!


19 posted on 01/10/2012 4:25:51 PM PST by CainConservative (Newt/Santorum 2012 with Cain, Huck, Bolton, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Bachmann in Newt's Cabinet)
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To: CainConservative

Well, that tells ME who I need to support! (as a true conservative looking for a true conservative candidate!)

GO NEWT!!!!!!!!!!!!


20 posted on 01/10/2012 4:26:58 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: circlecity

He needs to fire people. Whoever get the bid. Clean house!!


21 posted on 01/10/2012 4:27:26 PM PST by goseminoles
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To: Jim Robinson

I don’t thinks this holds a candle to what FOX news has spent to kill Newt and support their guy Romney.... and they attack 24/7.


22 posted on 01/10/2012 4:27:26 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Jim Robinson

The monied interests don’t want to see Newt get the nomination. Makes one think Newt is the right choice.


23 posted on 01/10/2012 4:30:37 PM PST by upsdriver (We Tea Partiers need Sarah Palin for president.)
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To: CainConservative
South Carolina is an open primary in a year when Democrats have an incumbent President. Plenty of Democrats and Libertarians are going to crossover to vote for Willard and RuPaul.

SC is not a good gauge of things.
24 posted on 01/10/2012 4:30:47 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Windflier

Rush is an entertainer, so he’s going to have a tendency to say whatever is most divisive at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes more $$$ having Democrats in office.


25 posted on 01/10/2012 4:33:34 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Jim Robinson
I listened to Rush today and I was floored at how he attacked Newt. I could not believe my ears. A lady caller got through to him and called him on his accusations and you could tell Rush was verbally shaken by it, like a kid caught in the candy jar.

After she hung up, Rush was scurrying to cover up his words with some false bravado and self-agrandizement, but it was too late by then. It was the biggest display of humiliation by him for the over 20 years I have been a listener.

So now we have Rush caving in to push Romney; I'm thinking a Romney candidacy will be worse than McCain before he drafted Sarah Palin.

Newt has plenty of baggage, but the person to beats obama will need the moxie, and intelligence, that Gingrich posses to make it happen. When you need muscle to win the day over a thug like obama, you don't worry about whether or not he's been divorced, or protocol.

Romney and the rest of the field will let obama rattle them to the point of doing a "Rick Perry" and losing their train of thought. Timidity is NOT what we need to beat obama. Romney reminds me of the sissy kid who will cow-tow to all the bad guys to win favor and keep from getting his butt kicked, or at least his hair mussed.

I don't think obama can keep up with Newt, either intellectually, or verbally. We've got to decide who we want to slay "gOliath"...Pee Wee Herman, or Attilla the Hun.

So while we're letting GOP "insiders" mold our minds into being "romneyites", we're letting the stomp our only hope in taking out obama...electionwise, that is.

If Rush keeps up this promotion of Romney, he's going to lose his 20+ year reputation as America's Conservative Voice...at least with me.


26 posted on 01/10/2012 4:34:04 PM PST by FrankR (What you resist...PERSISTS!)
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To: Gator113
I don’t thinks this holds a candle to what FOX news has spent to kill Newt and support their guy Romney.... and they attack 24/7.

I used to look at FOX only when Sarah was on. Now I don't look at FOX at all. I am much happier and my blood pressure is down :)

Fox is a RINO sewer. 95% of the people on FOX belittle Conservatives. Even seeing the vile Rove for even 1 femto-second would be too much.

27 posted on 01/10/2012 4:36:04 PM PST by sand88
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To: Jim Robinson

I am concerned because Rush Limbaugh is saying Newt is now very angry and is just in it now to get Romney. That will stop the money flow to Newt if people think he is not in it to win! Fox keeps it going calling him angry. Hannity said tonight Newt said yesterday he is just trying to slow Romney down in NH with the Bain attack.


28 posted on 01/10/2012 4:40:59 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: Windflier

gave up with talk radio for the most part and phony’s like Hannity.

In the end they have their homo elitist liberal pals or sponsors they don;’t want to upset.

In the end do we ever hear them saying get on the phones and call so and so, do we hear them saying I and other talk show hosts are getting together and telling our listeners about this or that and we want you all to contact the so and so?

No they say this and that like a broken record, some are just more entertaining than others.


29 posted on 01/10/2012 4:45:36 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: FrankR

I did not catch all of Rush but I think his point was that conservatives should not be attacking capitalism. Rush has been pretty outspoken about how the elites are pushing Romney.


30 posted on 01/10/2012 4:45:50 PM PST by Bayou Dittohead
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To: Gator113

Fox and their pals like Hannity , Megyn Kelly, and big mouth arrogant O.R I presume have gone defending say anything Romney for weeks now.


31 posted on 01/10/2012 4:47:14 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: Windflier

That’s a dramatic simplification of what Rush said! Newt wasn’t criticized for going negative.

Newt was criticized for using liberal Democrat talking points and running to Romneys left!


32 posted on 01/10/2012 4:47:52 PM PST by o2bfree
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To: Jim Robinson

Yes, and the minute that Newt responded, he was accused of “going nuclear”!


33 posted on 01/10/2012 4:47:52 PM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Shelayne

Yes, he did, and also said “What would you do?”, and implied he’d do the same.

I don’t think it’s fair to blame Rush for this, he’s just calling it like he sees it. And it “Looks like” using the tactics of the left. If the charges are true, as Newt says, then there’s nothing wrong with bringing it up.

I support Newt, but this does make me very uncomfortable.


34 posted on 01/10/2012 4:48:15 PM PST by moonhawk (Romney tucks his tail and licks the hand that beats him. Newt rips it off at the shoulder.)
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To: Psalm 144

The really bad outcome was, Newt let this get to him, and he exploded with an almost Olympian wrath, painting himself as someone who was AGAINST venture capitalism. And I don’t think that in his heart, Newt is anything of the kind.

Actually, this is probably the general lines by which the Obama re-election committee meant to attack Romney in the general election, and Romney, bless his heart, has the time and resources to counter these accusations and charges before the Obama Chicago Machine can crank them up against him.

But will Mitt take this opportunity and marshall his arguments supporting his actions while at Bain Capital? Or will he just meekly allow the propaganda surge to stand, and be carried backwards in the flood of invective that will surely issue from the Obama regime, once the gloves are taken off?

The nagging fear is that Romney believes that simply being the nominee is enough to rally all the “Anybody but Obama” sentiment that seethes in this country, and will do the very minimum in support of his own election.

With so many failures and vulnerabilities, Obama should already be unelectable, and so immobilized he cannot serve effectively for the remainder of this term. But do not underestimate the determination and tenacity of cornered ‘Rats. If you don’t go for the kill, the vicious and cunning creatures will fight past you and end up inflicting serious damage in the process.


35 posted on 01/10/2012 4:50:41 PM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: lonevoice

So unfair.


36 posted on 01/10/2012 4:52:13 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: o2bfree
That’s a dramatic simplification of what Rush said! Newt wasn’t criticized for going negative. Newt was criticized for using liberal Democrat talking points and running to Romneys left!

It's not a "dramatic simplification". It's forum shorthand.

I expect that most Freepers are already well up on what happened on Rush's show today. If they didn't hear it for themselves, they've already seen over a dozen reports about it.

We're fully aware of what Rush's main point was today. The problem is, the net effect of his rant is that it created more sympathy (which equals votes) for Mitt Romney. THAT is a problem, and I fault Rush for not communicating his displeasure better than he did.

37 posted on 01/10/2012 4:53:00 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: sand88

I agree. I’m sick of watching Fox. I was on my rower the other day and just watching the picture without the sound. I was shocked at how often they displayed Romney’s name and picture ...it was completely repetitive, total subliminal projection. Try watching it w/o the sound and you’ll see what i mean.

They can CRAM IT.


38 posted on 01/10/2012 4:54:25 PM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: manc
gave up with talk radio for the most part and phony’s like Hannity.

Listen to Mark Levin. He's the real deal.

39 posted on 01/10/2012 4:54:31 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Romney puts out a Super Pack of Lies on Newt and no one complains, but the minute Newt puts out a Super Pack of the Truth on Romney, Newt’s suddenly attacking Capitalism. Yes everybody, after working with Reagan and starting a Republican Revolution, Newt is against Capitalism. I don’t know what’s more insulting: The people who wanted to vote for Newt in Iowa but got scared off and bought off by Romney and Paul not to or some of these main stream conservatives suddenly doubting Newt’s conservative credentials. I’ve been with Newt since Day 1. Best candidate then - best candidate now by far. If you’re going to attack Newt, attack him on policy. Go through his 21st Century Contract with America and tell me what ideas are bad for America. Otherwise, stop trying to sway the lowest common denominator with things that have nothing to do with imporoving the future of this country. Do yourself a favor. Next time Newt is on C-Span, just put it on, leave it on, tell everyone in the room either to get out or be quiet and just listen to him. Learn something and think about what he’s saying. If you still disagree with his ideas, then you have a legitimate reason not to vote for him. But at least hear him out and not listen to the media spin against him. That’s all I ask.


40 posted on 01/10/2012 4:57:39 PM PST by larryleo (We all need to get Newtered!)
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To: FrankR

It boils down to this for everyone:

You want to play to win? You go with Newt.

You want to just play? Then you have plenty of toy candidates to vote for.

Rush and Co. needs to grow a pair because Obama isn’t going to give two $hits about their emoting.


41 posted on 01/10/2012 4:58:25 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Windflier

I don’t go out of my way but Levin is one man who I will listen to.


42 posted on 01/10/2012 5:00:25 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: sand88

I am going through kind of a 12 step program to move away from Faux news. ;>)

I know what you mean about the blood pressure.


43 posted on 01/10/2012 5:00:41 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: sand88

gave FOX up except some mornings when I am getting ready and then I am not really watching it.

Megyn Kelly I used to watch but since she brought that shrink on to attack him over his article.
Her cross dressing, homosexual views went to far plus she really has got too much into herself thinking we all need to know where she has a house, who her nana is, how much she paid for her house etc


44 posted on 01/10/2012 5:04:09 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman.Trolls get a life, I HATE OUR BIASED LIBERAL MEDIA.)
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To: manc

Fox news has become CNN, only with a few better looking women.

I have had it with them and I am presently weaning myself off of them and finding other things to do with my time.

I am finally going to get into HAM radio, that should be fun and interesting and it will keep me away from Fox news..... LOL


45 posted on 01/10/2012 5:09:09 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Jim Robinson

More than ever, this is the wrong year for the Republicans to nominate a rich corporation guy. Even if one doesn’t condemn what Romney did at Bain, one has to see Romney is the wrong guy for the times.

Prince Romney will be mincemeat after the dems get through with him.


46 posted on 01/10/2012 5:09:30 PM PST by tirednvirginia
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To: Windflier
We're fully aware of what Rush's main point was today. The problem is, the net effect of his rant is that it created more sympathy (which equals votes) for Mitt Romney. THAT is a problem, and I fault Rush for not communicating his displeasure better than he did

I have never turned Rush off before, but I was so pi**ed as his ranting on and on and on and on attacking Newt, I couldn't take it.

Rush made a fatal tactical mistake. Rush should know that above ALL Romney must be stopped. Nobody will remember Newt's recent attack against Romney.

All Rush will do is muddy the opposition to Mitt. I cannot fully express how much I loathe the RINO elites in and out of government.

Levin just said the pig Rove is on FOX stating that if Mitt wins NH, the Mitt will be "the one." [Paraphrasing]

My anger at the three Rs: RINOs, Rush and Rove has given rise to my new tagline.

47 posted on 01/10/2012 5:11:47 PM PST by sand88 (Hey Rove et al, I will, with great pleasure, NOT cast a for the Statist Mitt.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Iguress I’ll vote for the Grinch if he somehoew becomes the nominee. I surely will not vote for Mitt Romney. He is a better liar than Obama! Other than that, there is little differencde between those two!


48 posted on 01/10/2012 5:13:11 PM PST by Paperdoll
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To: Gator113

Shephard Smith just did a show on Newt and said he was fined rather than that he reimbursed money for the investigation by congress in the 90’s. I intend to write Fox with all these lies they continue to report.


49 posted on 01/10/2012 5:18:51 PM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: sand88

Rush doesn’t believe Mitt needs to be stopped by supposed conservatives like Gingrich using class warfare and attacking capitalism. He’s a real conservative first.


50 posted on 01/10/2012 5:19:17 PM PST by magritte
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