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S. 1945 - Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

Government operations and politics. 113th Congress (2013-2014) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

S. 1945 — 113th Congress (2013–2014)

Summary
A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014
  • Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014
Sponsor
Patrick J. Leahy
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Government operations and politics
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Elections, voting, political campaign regulation
  • Federal appellate courts
  • Foreign language and bilingual programs
  • Jurisdiction and venue
  • Racial and ethnic relations
  • State and local government operations
  • Voting rights
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Major Actions
Introduced1/16/2014
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced1/16/2014
1/16/2014Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
1/16/2014Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.
1/16/2014Introduced in Senate
6/25/2014Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
12/09/2014Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights. Hearings held.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

76% more
$39,250
$8,650
$971,220
$486,457
$814,776
$919,785
$10,626,250
$182,500
$610,020
$1,213,390
$15,872,298
$9,043,639
$9,043,639

opposed this bill

60 Organizations Supported and 1 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014

60 organizations supported this bill

Ameinu
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
American Baptist Churches USA
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
American Civil Liberties Union
American Civil Liberties Union (2014). Congress: Pass the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from ACLU.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Charles M. Loveless (2014, June 23). AFSCME Letter to Chairman Leahy. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from AFSME.
American Jewish Committee
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Anti-Defamation League
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Association of Welcoming & Affirming Baptists
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
B'nai B'rith International
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Common Cause
Common Cause (2014, January 17). Let’s pass the new Voting Rights Act. Retrieved February 14, 2014, from Common Cause.
Community of Christ
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Conference of National Black Churches
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Disciples Center for Public Witness
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Disciples Justice Action Network
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Faith in Public Life
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Franciscan Action Network
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Franciscans for Justice
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Friends Committee on National Legislation
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Hindu American Foundation
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
International Council of Community Churches
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Islamic Society of North America
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Jewish Community Action
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Jewish Labor Committee
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Jewish Reconstructionist Community
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Jewish Women International
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Jews United for Justice
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Keshet
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (2014, January 17). Urge Congress to Support a VRA for Today!. Retrieved February 14, 2014, from Civil Rights.org.
Mennonite Central Committee
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Metropolitan Community Churches
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
More Light Presbyterians
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
National Council of Jewish Women
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
National Education Association
Mary Kusler (2014, June 24). Letter to the Senate on Voting Rights. Retrieved July 2, 2014, from NEA.
Pax Christi USA
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
PICO National Network
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Progressive National Baptist Convention
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Rabbinical Assembly
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Reconciling Ministries Network
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
ReconcilingWorks
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
religious institute
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Sikh Council on Religion and Education
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Sojourners
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Solomon Project
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Surat Initiative
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Union for Reform Judaism
undersigned (2014, May 2). Jewish Organizations Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act . Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Bend the Arc.
Unitarian Universalist Association
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
United Sikhs
undersigned organizations (2014, May 28). Religious Organizations Letter Supporting the Voting Rights Amendment Act. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
United Steelworkers
United Steelworkers (2014, March 13). USW Applauds Introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2014, from USW.

1 organization opposed this bill

Heritage Foundation
Heritage Foundation (2014, March 14). A Flawed Attempt at Protecting Minority Voters’ Rights: Voting Rights Act Amendment of 2014 (H.R. 3899, S.1945). Retrieved May 13, 2014, from Heritage Foundation.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 113th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2014.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$13,350$18,050
Kelly AyotteRNH$16,500$123,544
Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,242,272$0
John BarrassoRWY$1,000$18,900
Max BaucusDMT$11,000$0
Mark BegichDAK$220,957$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$59,884$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$68,900$0
Roy BluntRMO$6,750$121,894
Cory A. BookerDNJ$122,208$6,100
John BoozmanRAR$8,500$41,995
Barbara BoxerDCA$1,171,376$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$563,494$0
Richard BurrRNC$0$54,900
Maria CantwellDWA$104,421$0
Ben CardinDMD$72,250$0
Tom CarperDDE$22,270$0
Bob CaseyDPA$101,083$0
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$15,250$500
Daniel CoatsRIN$2,900$52,250
Tom CoburnROK$0$82,843
William Thad CochranRMS$4,250$7,250
Susan M. CollinsRME$47,250$21,650
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$109,995$0
Bob CorkerRTN$15,600$34,870
John CornynRTX$4,750$111,505
Mike CrapoRID$1,000$0
Ted CruzRTX$12,600$1,604,462
Joe DonnellyDIN$139,650$0
Dick DurbinDIL$70,350$0
Mike EnziRWY$3,000$0
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$261,649$1,000
Deb FischerRNE$22,750$185,221
Jeff FlakeRAZ$5,450$1,340,739
Al FrankenDMN$119,984$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,255,995$3,000
Lindsey GrahamRSC$12,500$48,088
Chuck GrassleyRIA$3,750$45,150
Kay R. HaganDNC$865,962$0
Tom HarkinDIA$10,250$0
Orrin G. HatchRUT$2,000$29,450
Martin HeinrichDNM$160,332$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$239,557$0
Dean HellerRNV$3,500$129,837
Mazie K. HironoDHI$527,551$0
John HoevenRND$8,150$14,100
Jim InhofeROK$2,250$43,575
Johnny IsaksonRGA$3,000$25,250
Mike JohannsRNE$-100$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$900$154,357
Tim JohnsonDSD$2,000$0
Tim KaineDVA$557,215$100
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$16,700$0
Mark KirkRIL$20,300$177,549
Amy KlobucharDMN$273,138$0
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$321,785$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$48,150$0
Mike LeeRUT$2,400$100,917
Carl LevinDMI$0$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$68,400$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$156,175$1,000
John McCainRAZ$20,500$184,843
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,333,710$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$11,000$255,056
Bob MenéndezDNJ$103,500$1,000
Jeff MerkleyDOR$79,467$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$135,658$0
Jerry MoranRKS$9,250$8,200
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$18,277$2,750
Chris MurphyDCT$157,846$0
Patty MurrayDWA$535,263$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$58,100$0
Rand PaulRKY$8,450$470,758
Rob PortmanROH$3,550$135,446
Mark L. PryorDAR$108,381$0
John "Jack" ReedDRI$34,250$0
Harry ReidDNV$110,646$4,600
Jim RischRID$0$50,602
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$1,000$91,967
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$2,500$0
Marco RubioRFL$17,080$1,076,779
Bernie SandersIVT$55,350$0
Brian SchatzDHI$42,400$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$87,753$4,400
Tim ScottRSC$9,900$270,262
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$4,200
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$887,484$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$4,800$50
Debbie StabenowDMI$397,693$0
Jon TesterDMT$280,551$0
John ThuneRSD$500$217,753
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$27,233$1,497,701
Mark UdallDCO$123,406$0
Tom UdallDNM$50,800$2,000
David VitterRLA$650$152,726
Mark R. WarnerDVA$66,600$1,700
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,791,497$2,550
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$50,550$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$7,450$8,250
Ron WydenDOR$34,750$0

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$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$13,350$18,050
Kelly AyotteRNH$16,500$123,544
Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,242,272$0
John BarrassoRWY$1,000$18,900
Max BaucusDMT$11,000$0
Mark BegichDAK$220,957$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$59,884$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$68,900$0
Roy BluntRMO$6,750$121,894
Cory A. BookerDNJ$122,208$6,100
John BoozmanRAR$8,500$41,995
Barbara BoxerDCA$1,171,376$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$563,494$0
Richard BurrRNC$0$54,900
Maria CantwellDWA$104,421$0
Ben CardinDMD$72,250$0
Tom CarperDDE$22,270$0
Bob CaseyDPA$101,083$0
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$15,250$500
Daniel CoatsRIN$2,900$52,250
Tom CoburnROK$0$82,843
William Thad CochranRMS$4,250$7,250
Susan M. CollinsRME$47,250$21,650
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$109,995$0
Bob CorkerRTN$15,600$34,870
John CornynRTX$4,750$111,505
Mike CrapoRID$1,000$0
Ted CruzRTX$12,600$1,604,462
Joe DonnellyDIN$139,650$0
Dick DurbinDIL$70,350$0
Mike EnziRWY$3,000$0
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$261,649$1,000
Deb FischerRNE$22,750$185,221
Jeff FlakeRAZ$5,450$1,340,739
Al FrankenDMN$119,984$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$1,255,995$3,000
Lindsey GrahamRSC$12,500$48,088
Chuck GrassleyRIA$3,750$45,150
Kay R. HaganDNC$865,962$0
Tom HarkinDIA$10,250$0
Orrin G. HatchRUT$2,000$29,450
Martin HeinrichDNM$160,332$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$239,557$0
Dean HellerRNV$3,500$129,837
Mazie K. HironoDHI$527,551$0
John HoevenRND$8,150$14,100
Jim InhofeROK$2,250$43,575
Johnny IsaksonRGA$3,000$25,250
Mike JohannsRNE$-100$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$900$154,357
Tim JohnsonDSD$2,000$0
Tim KaineDVA$557,215$100
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$16,700$0
Mark KirkRIL$20,300$177,549
Amy KlobucharDMN$273,138$0
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$321,785$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$48,150$0
Mike LeeRUT$2,400$100,917
Carl LevinDMI$0$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$68,400$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$156,175$1,000
John McCainRAZ$20,500$184,843
Claire McCaskillDMO$1,333,710$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$11,000$255,056
Bob MenéndezDNJ$103,500$1,000
Jeff MerkleyDOR$79,467$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$135,658$0
Jerry MoranRKS$9,250$8,200
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$18,277$2,750
Chris MurphyDCT$157,846$0
Patty MurrayDWA$535,263$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$58,100$0
Rand PaulRKY$8,450$470,758
Rob PortmanROH$3,550$135,446
Mark L. PryorDAR$108,381$0
John "Jack" ReedDRI$34,250$0
Harry ReidDNV$110,646$4,600
Jim RischRID$0$50,602
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$1,000$91,967
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$2,500$0
Marco RubioRFL$17,080$1,076,779
Bernie SandersIVT$55,350$0
Brian SchatzDHI$42,400$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$87,753$4,400
Tim ScottRSC$9,900$270,262
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$4,200
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$887,484$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$4,800$50
Debbie StabenowDMI$397,693$0
Jon TesterDMT$280,551$0
John ThuneRSD$500$217,753
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$27,233$1,497,701
Mark UdallDCO$123,406$0
Tom UdallDNM$50,800$2,000
David VitterRLA$650$152,726
Mark R. WarnerDVA$66,600$1,700
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$1,791,497$2,550
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$50,550$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$7,450$8,250
Ron WydenDOR$34,750$0

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Women's issues$10,626,250
Teachers unions$1,213,390
Manufacturing unions$971,220
Gay & lesbian rights & issues$919,785
Minority/Ethnic Groups$814,776
State & local govt employee unions$610,020
Churches, clergy & religious organizations$486,457
Other unions$182,500
Human Rights$39,250
Consumer groups$8,650

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$9,043,639
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