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I took a break from the ordinary(not reading the NY Times) and bought the Monday, March 6 Phoenix metro edition of the East Valley Tribune.

 As I work my way through, I come across a 1/4 page ad saluting former local sports anchor and current buffoon, Congressman J.D. Hayworth; paid for by one of his largest contributors this election cycle. The question is, is this legal?

The ad copy is after the fold:

THANK YOU, REPRESENATTIVE HAYWORTH, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF QUALITY KIDNEY CARE IN ARIZONA

I am one of thousands of people suffering from kidney failure in Arizona, where the national rate of newly diagnosed cases is well above the natinoal average. More than 5,800 Arizona residents will experience kidney failure this year alone.

I applaud Representative Hayworth's support of legislation that will sustain quality improvements for those with kidney disease. The increase in Medicare resources to account for inflation is imperative for quality care and quality of life for patients. Without it, these improvments in care and services could be jeopardized.

Thank you, Representative Hayworth, for your support of patients like me, and the providers who care for us. You have long recognized the importance of adequate funding and access for quality dialysis care, so that patien ts can remain productive members of society

 The ad includes a small photo of Rep. Hayworth and a large one of an unidentified older woman, who would the unsigned "statement" would be attributed to.

The ad is aid for by DaVita, adialysis/kidney treatment company which is the largest single contributor to Hayworth's election campaign($11,000 according to Open Secret's website.)

So the questions are:

  • Does this ad count as a political contribution?
  • If it is, has Hayworth's campaign disclosed it?
  • Is this a quid pro quo example for Hayworth's support of legislation beneficial to DaVita?
  • What are the actions that Hayworth has taken to benefit DaVita??

I'll try and dig a little deeper over the next couple of days, unless folks here already have answers, or can find them before I do.

Originally posted to BonScott on Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 12:23 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar? (4.00)
    Gotta fix some typos first.
  •  I'm not sure about normally (none)
    but I'm sure it counts for something in AZ, what with the public funding and all.  I'm not sure how your system works, just that it does work, and I'm fairly certain that something like that would count against his limits.

    "I worry a great deal about the future of democracy in America"
    - President of St. Lawrence University Daniel Sullivan at Commencement 2004

    by Team Slacker on Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 12:35:38 PM PST

  •  Hayworth Biggest Abramoff recipient (none)
    Nice timing on this diary.

    Here's a nice tidbit from the Vanity Fair article about Abramoff Kos discussed. Text from the pdf:

    Burns, however, ranks only fourth on the list of Abramoff's recipients, having taken $55,590, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (though even Burns's own people put that figure at closer to $150,000). The other four of the top-five largest individual recipients, all Republicans, were: Representative J. D. Hayworth of Arizona, co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus ($69,620); Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi($65,500); House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois ($58,500);a nd Representative John T. Doolittle of California ($45,000). Several of them are reportedly targets of the Justice Department's investigation,
  •  great catch, great handle (none)
    brian johnson just didn't compare.

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Wed Mar 08, 2006 at 12:39:16 PM PST

  •  DaVita is REALLY fishy. (none)
    List of contributions from "DAVITA INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ('DAVITA')" (Courtesy FEC)

    (Sorry for the giant list)

    2003 PRESIDENT'S DINNER COMMITTEE    05/19/2003    2500.00    23991630700   
    2003 PRESIDENT'S DINNER COMMITTEE    09/30/2004    -2500.00    24971657206   
    AMERICA'S FOUNDATION    06/03/2003    5000.00    23991630699   
    AMERICA'S MAJORITY TRUST    07/18/2003    1000.00    23992217656   
    AMERICA'S MAJORITY TRUST    10/01/2003    -1000.00    24990163163   
    BAUCUS, MAX   

    VIA FRIENDS OF MAX BAUCUS    09/16/2003    4250.00    23992217657   
    BAUCUS, MAX   

    VIA FRIENDS OF MAX BAUCUS    09/20/2004    750.00    24971657203   
    BERKLEY, SHELLEY   

    VIA BERKLEY FOR CONGRESS    05/19/2003    2000.00    23991630699   
    BILIRAKIS, GUS MICHAEL   

    VIA BILIRAKIS FOR CONGRESS    05/05/2005    500.00    25970664295   
    BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL   
    VIA MIKE BILIRAKIS FOR CONGRESS    10/29/1998    1000.00    98033963743   
    BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL   
    VIA MIKE BILIRAKIS FOR CONGRESS    07/19/2004    1000.00    24971657204   
    BILIRAKIS, MICHAEL   
    VIA MIKE BILIRAKIS FOR CONGRESS    09/28/2004    4000.00    24971657205   
    BINGAMAN, JEFF   
    VIA A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT JEFF BINGAMAN    09/08/2005    2000.00    25971184445   
    BLUNT, ROY   
    VIA FRIENDS OF ROY BLUNT    10/12/2005    2500.00    26980094224   
    BONO, MARY   
    VIA MARY BONO COMMITTEE    06/17/2004    5000.00    24991217969   
    BREAUX, JOHN B   
    VIA JOHN BREAUX COMMITTEE    10/29/1998    1000.00    98033963743   
    BYRD, ROBERT CARLYLE   
    VIA FRIENDS OF ROBERT C BYRD COMMITTEE    09/15/2005    2000.00    25971184446   
    CAMP, DAVID LEE   
    VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    09/05/2002    2000.00    22992018674   
    CAMP, DAVID LEE   
    VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    06/14/2004    1500.00    24991217967   
    CAMP, DAVID LEE   
    VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    05/25/2005    2500.00    25970664297   
    CAMP, DAVID LEE   
    VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    06/09/2005    2500.00    25970664297   
    CAMP, DAVID LEE   
    VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    09/19/2005    -2500.00    25971184446   
    CANTOR, ERIC   
    VIA CANTOR FOR CONGRESS    09/30/2004    5000.00    24971657202   
    CANTOR, ERIC   
    VIA CANTOR FOR CONGRESS    06/09/2005    5000.00    25970664296   
    CARDIN, BENJAMIN L   
    VIA BEN CARDIN FOR SENATE    06/29/2005    1000.00    25970664295   
    COMMITTEE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CAPITALISM (CPC), THE    10/05/2004    2500.00    24962643484    COMMITTEE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CAPITALISM (CPC), THE    05/16/2005    1000.00    25970664296    COMMITTEE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF CAPITALISM (CPC), THE    08/05/2005    4000.00    25971184445    CONGRESSIONAL MAJORITY COMMITTEE    04/26/2005    5000.00    25970664296   
    CONRAD, KENT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF KENT CONRAD    09/02/2003    3000.00    23992217656   
    CONRAD, KENT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF KENT CONRAD    02/27/2004    2000.00    24991081364   
    CONRAD, KENT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF KENT CONRAD    06/29/2005    5000.00    25970664298   
    DAKPAC    04/23/2004    5000.00    24991217967   
    DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW   
    VIA A LOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING TOM DASCHLE INC    10/29/1998    1000.00    98033963743   
    DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW   
    VIA A LOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING TOM DASCHLE INC    06/16/2003    1000.00    23991630699   
    DASCHLE, THOMAS ANDREW   
    VIA A LOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING TOM DASCHLE INC    07/02/2004    4000.00    24971657202   
    DEAL, NATHAN   
    VIA NATHAN DEAL FOR CONGRESS    06/29/2005    1000.00    25970664300   
    DEDICATED AMERICANS FOR THE SENATE AND HOUSE PAC    07/02/2004    2500.00    24971657203    DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE    12/07/2003    3000.00    24990163163   
    DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE    02/10/2004    2500.00    24991081363   
    DICKS, NORM D   
    VIA NORM DICKS FOR CONGRESS    01/08/2002    500.00    23992159133   
    ENGLISH, PHILIP S   
    VIA PEOPLE FOR ENGLISH    06/09/2005    2500.00    25970664301   
    EVERY REPUBLICAN IS CRUCIAL (ERICPAC)    09/30/2004    5000.00    24971657202   
    EVERY REPUBLICAN IS CRUCIAL (ERICPAC)    03/18/2005    2000.00    25990461918   
    EVERY REPUBLICAN IS CRUCIAL (ERICPAC)    06/09/2005    3000.00    25970664297   
    GRAHAM, BOB   
    VIA FRIENDS OF BOB GRAHAM COMMITTEE    06/20/2002    1000.00    22991332691   
    GRASSLEY, CHARLES E   
    VIA GRASSLEY COMMITTEE INC    08/29/2003    4000.00    23992217657   
    GREEN, CAROLE   
    VIA CAROLE GREEN FOR CONGRESS    02/12/2004    500.00    24991081363   
    HATCH, ORRIN G   
    VIA HATCH ELECTION COMMITTEE INC    09/02/2005    2500.00    25971184446   
    HAWKEYE PAC, THE    06/09/2005    2500.00    25970664299   
    HAYWORTH, J D   
    VIA JD HAYWORTH FOR CONGRESS    03/10/2005    5000.00    25990461918   
    HOEFFEL, JOSEPH M   
    VIA HOEFFEL FOR SENATE COMMITTEE    04/14/2004    500.00    24991217968   
    HULSHOF, KENNY CHARLES   
    VIA HULSHOF FOR CONGRESS - DISTRICT 09 MISSOURI    03/11/2005    2000.00    25990461918   
    JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS   
    VIA JEFFERSON COMMITTEE    07/06/2004    2000.00    24971657203   
    JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS   
    VIA JEFFERSON COMMITTEE    04/04/2005    2500.00    25970664299   
    JEFFERSON, WILLIAM JENNINGS   
    VIA JEFFERSON COMMITTEE    12/29/2005    1000.00    26980094224   
    JOHNSON, NANCY L.   
    VIA JOHNSON FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE    02/13/2002    2000.00    23992159133   
    JOHNSON, PAUL W.   
    VIA PAUL JOHNSON FOR CONGRESS    06/29/2004    2500.00    24991217969   
    JOHNSON, PAUL W.   
    VIA PAUL JOHNSON FOR CONGRESS    08/13/2004    1000.00    24971657204   
    JOHNSON, TIM   
    VIA TIM JOHNSON FOR SOUTH DAKOTA INC    08/16/2002    5000.00    22992018674   
    JONES, BILL   
    VIA BILL JONES FOR US SENATE    02/06/2004    5000.00    24991081363   
    JONES, BILL   
    VIA BILL JONES FOR US SENATE    06/15/2004    5000.00    24991217966   
    KERRY, JOHN F   
    VIA KERRY-EDWARDS 2004 INC.    09/17/2004    5000.00    24971657204   
    KIRK, MARK STEVEN   
    VIA KIRK FOR CONGRESS    02/27/2004    1000.00    24991081364   
    KNOWLES, TONY   
    VIA TONY KNOWLES FOR US SENATE    06/29/2004    1000.00    24991217970   
    KYL, JON L   
    VIA JON KYL FOR U S SENATE    05/17/2004    5000.00    24991217969   
    KYL, JON L   
    VIA JON KYL FOR U S SENATE    07/12/2005    4000.00    25971184447   
    LANDRIEU, MARY L   
    VIA FRIENDS OF MARY LANDRIEU INC    09/04/2001    1000.00    21990514841   
    LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE PAC    06/17/2005    5000.00    25970664300   
    LEADERSHIP ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE PAC    06/17/2005    5000.00    25970664299   
    LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF BLANCHE LINCOLN    12/12/2003    5000.00    24990163163   
    LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF BLANCHE LINCOLN    04/30/2004    1500.00    24991217968   
    LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF BLANCHE LINCOLN    06/17/2004    5000.00    24991217968   
    LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF BLANCHE LINCOLN    10/26/2004    -1500.00    24981614931   
    LINDER, JOHN   
    VIA LINDER FOR CONGRESS    10/29/1998    1000.00    98033963743   
    MATSUI, DORIS   
    VIA MATSUI FOR CONGRESS    02/10/2005    200.00    25990461919   
    MATSUI, ROBERT   
    VIA BOB MATSUI FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE    06/17/2004    175.00    24991217966   
    MATSUI, ROBERT   
    VIA BOB MATSUI FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE    06/17/2004    175.00    24991217966   
    MCINNIS, SCOTT   
    VIA FRIENDS OF SCOTT MCINNIS INC.    07/02/2001    1000.00    21990514841   
    MICA, JOHN L MR.   
    VIA MICA FOR CONGRESS    10/01/2002    500.00    22992698736   
    NELSON, BILL   
    VIA BILL NELSON FOR U S SENATE    12/29/2005    1000.00    26980094224   
    NELSON, E BENJAMIN   
    VIA NELSON FOR U S SENATE    06/16/2003    1000.00    23991630700   
    NELSON, E BENJAMIN   
    VIA NELSON FOR U S SENATE    07/25/2005    1000.00    25971184445   
    NORTH DAKOTA DEMOCRATIC-NONPARTISAN LEAGUE PARTY    04/15/2002    2500.00    22991332691    NUNES, DEVIN GERALD   
    VIA NUNES FOR CONGRESS    02/13/2002    4000.00    23992159133   
    PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    05/26/2005    50000.00    25970664301   
    PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE INC POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    09/01/2005    -50000.00    25971184442    POMEROY, EARL RALPH   
    VIA EARL POMEROY FOR CONGRESS    07/18/2003    1000.00    23992217656   
    POMEROY, EARL RALPH   
    VIA EARL POMEROY FOR CONGRESS    07/14/2004    1000.00    24971657205   
    RANGEL, CHARLES B   
    VIA RANGEL FOR CONGRESS    04/30/2004    1000.00    24991217970   
    RENAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    03/18/1999    5000.00    99034753389    RENAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    07/25/2002    5000.00    22992018674    RENAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    03/26/2003    5000.00    23990751368    RENAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    03/30/2004    5000.00    24991081364    RENAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE    02/10/2005    5000.00    25990461919    SANTORUM, RICHARD J   
    VIA SANTORUM 2006    10/05/2004    5000.00    24962643484   
    SANTORUM, RICHARD J   
    VIA SANTORUM 2006    12/09/2005    5000.00    26980094225    \
    SECURE AMERICA'S MAJORITY PAC    03/11/2005    2000.00    25990461919   
    SMITH, GORDON HAROLD   
    VIA FRIENDS OF GORDON SMITH    06/17/2005    5000.00    25970664298   
    TANNER, JOHN S.   
    VIA FRIENDS OF JOHN TANNER    04/15/2005    1000.00    25970664298   
    TEXAS FREEDOM FUND    04/15/2005    1000.00    25970664301   
    THOMAS, WILLIAM M   
    VIA BILL THOMAS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE    10/29/1998    1000.00    98033963743   
    THOMAS, WILLIAM M   
    VIA BILL THOMAS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE    04/26/2005    5000.00    25970664295   
    THOMPSON, MIKE   
    VIA MIKE THOMPSON FOR CONGRESS    04/26/2005    1000.00    25970664300   
    THURMAN FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE    02/20/2002    5000.00    23992159134   
    TIAHRT, TODD W.   
    VIA TIAHRT FOR CONGRESS    08/19/2005    150.00    25971184447   
    TIAHRT, TODD W.   
    VIA TIAHRT FOR CONGRESS    08/19/2005    150.00    25971184447   
    TOWNS, EDOLPHUS   
    VIA COMMITTE TO RE-ELECT ED TOWNS    06/18/2004    5000.00    24991217967   
    VOINOVICH, GEORGE V   
    VIA NORTHERN OHIO VICTORY COMMITTEE    09/27/2004    5000.00    24971657205   
    WILSON, HEATHER A.   
    VIA HEATHER WILSON FOR CONGRESS    10/05/2004    2500.00    24962643484   
    WYDEN, RONALD LEE   
    VIA WYDEN FOR SENATE

    •  Same address as FEC rept.: Davita Patient citizens (none)
      601 Hawaii Street
      C/O CONGRESSIONAL CONSULTANTS
      El SegundoCalifornia, 90245

      Also at 601 Hawaii St:

      What is DPC?

      DPC is an independent, nationwide, non-profit, patient-governed dialysis patient organization. We are dedicated to improving dialysis patients' quality of life by developing awareness of dialysis-related issues, advocating for dialysis and pre-dialysis patients, improving the partnership between patients and caregivers, and promoting favorable public policy.

      Only dialysis and pre-dialysis patients and their families are eligible for membership in DPC. Membership in DPC is open to all dialysis patients across the country - regardless of which provider they dialyze with.

      The current name of our organization includes the name "DaVita" to make clear that we were founded and thus far solely funded by DaVita Inc. - we do not hide that fact. However, it is our intention to remain independent of DaVita in every way, including in our governance, formulation of policy and actions. To that end, most of our Board members are dialysis patients.

    •  Hardcore (none)
      They're throwing it around pretty wide, i guess it's time to start looking @ medicare and DaVita; it sounds like they're indexing in dialysis care, which guarantees DaVita will be able to jack up rates while everything else is gonna be capped.
      •  They want Santorum's bill BAD (none)
        Noodling about at "Dialisyspatients.org" turns up a whole bunch of PDFs that are basically scripts or form letters for either talking to politicians about the Kidney Care Quality Improvement Act of 2005, or for inviting a politician to visit your dialysis center.

        I'm surprised they didn't disguise the name. First time I've seen a half-assedroturf group. Maybe it's about keeping the "DPC is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization" designation.

        Sadly, I have to abandon my Googling for today; hope more good stuff turns up.

    •  DaVita Donation Returns (none)
      Intersting returns listed:

      2003 PRESIDENT'S DINNER COMMITTEE    05/19/2003    2500.00    23991630700  
      2003 PRESIDENT'S DINNER COMMITTEE    09/30/2004    -2500.00    24971657206  

      AMERICA'S MAJORITY TRUST    07/18/2003    1000.00    23992217656  
      AMERICA'S MAJORITY TRUST    10/01/2003    -1000.00    24990163163    

      CAMP, DAVID LEE  
      VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    06/09/2005    2500.00    25970664297  
      CAMP, DAVID LEE  
      VIA DAVE CAMP FOR CONGRESS 2006    09/19/2005    -2500.00    25971184446

      LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT  
      VIA FRIENDS OF BLANCHE LINCOLN    04/30/2004    1500.00    24991217968  
      LINCOLN, BLANCHE LAMBERT  
      VIA FRIENDS OF BLANCHE LINCOLN    10/26/2004    -1500.00    24981614931  

      I like how the President's committee took almost 16 months to return the donation

  •  Here's the bill Davita's PRC is pushing: (4.00)
    Kidney Care Quality and Improvement Act of 2005

    Mr. SANTORUM (for himself, Mr. CONRAD, and Mrs. MURRAY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

    A BILL

    To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the benefits under the medicare program for beneficiaries with kidney disease, and for other purposes.

    In reading this bill, three things stand out:

    1. It reworks the accounting for inflation of Dialysis payments in medicare (I don't pretend to understand what I'm quoting);

    `(F) Beginning with 2006, the Secretary shall annually increase the basic case-mix adjusted payment amounts established under this paragraph--

    `(i) with respect to the component of the basic case-mix adjusted system described in clause (ii) of subparagraph (B), by--

    `(I) applying the estimated growth in expenditures for drugs and biologicals (including erythropoietin) that are separately billable to such component; and

    `(II) converting the amount determined in subclause (I) to an increase applicable to the basic case-mix adjusted payment amounts established under such subparagraph; and

    `(ii) with respect to the composite rate component of the basic case-mix adjusted system described in subparagraph (B)(i), for dialysis services furnished--

    `(I) during 2006, by 2.5 percent above such payment amounts for such services furnished on December 31, 2005;

    `(II) during 2007 through 2014, by an amount equal to 1 percent of the ESRD market basket percentage increase (as defined in paragraph (14)(A), and including any additional factors that may increase costs described in paragraph (14)(B)) above such composite rate payment amounts for such services furnished on December 31 of the previous year; and

    `(III) during 2015 and subsequent years, by the ESRD market basket percentage increase (as defined in paragraph (14)(A) and including any additional factors that may increase costs described in paragraph (14)(B)) above such composite rate payment amounts for such services furnished on December 31 of the previous year.'.

    2. It spends a lot of time setting up "Demonstration Projects" (in these subsections)

    Sec. 102. Demonstration project for outcomes-based ESRD reimbursement system.
    Sec. 303. Blood flow monitoring demonstration projects.

    3. It creates a new benefit for "Kidney Disease Education" -

    (2) SERVICES DESCRIBED- Section 1861 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

    `Kidney Disease Education Services

    `(bbb)(1) The term `kidney disease education services' means educational services that are--

    `(A) furnished to an individual with kidney disease who, according to accepted clinical guidelines identified by the Secretary, will require dialysis or a kidney transplant;

    `(B) furnished, upon the referral of the physician managing the individual's kidney condition, by a qualified person (as defined in paragraph (2)); and

    `(C) designed--

    `(i) to provide comprehensive information regarding--

    `(I) the management of comorbidities;

    `(II) the prevention of uremic complications; and

    `(III) each option for renal replacement therapy (including home and in-center as well as vascular access options and transplantation); and

    `(ii) to ensure that the individual has the opportunity to actively participate in the choice of therapy.

    [snip]
    `(4) In promulgating regulations to carry out this subsection, the Secretary shall ensure that each beneficiary who is entitled to kidney disease education services under this title receives such services in a timely manner to maximize the benefit of those services.

    `(5) The Secretary shall monitor the implementation of this subsection to ensure that beneficiaries who are eligible for kidney disease education services receive such services in the manner described in paragraph (4).

    `(6) No individual shall be eligible to be provided more than 6 sessions of kidney disease education services under this title.'.

    Does this education thing sound worthy of up to six sessions per patient? And doesn't it sound like every eligible patient must get it?

    •  You ought to set up... (none)
      ...a tip jar of your own, or maybe diary this stuff on your own.

       I would tip, but my priveleges were lifted when I troll rated a troll.

      •  Sadly, I don't have the attention span for a diary (none)
        I'm inquisitive but not conclusive - and I'm going out of town in a day. My best bet is to raise curiosity.

        Thank you, though... Sorry to hear about the troll thing. I didn't know the hidden dangers in the ratings.

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