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Biotech Company Suing Citadel Over Market Manipulation

Citadel Market Manipulation
Market News: Biotech Company sues Citadel for market manipulation.

Biotech company Northwest Biotherapeutics is suing Citadel and other market makers for allegedly manipulating its stock price.

The company is accusing Citadel Securities LLC, Susquehanna, Virtu, and other Wall Street firms of driving its stock price down through the use of various illicit trading activities.

One being ‘spoofing‘ orders.

The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court. 

Northwest Biotherapeutics alleged the market makers had repeatedly engaged in “spoofing,“ where traders place orders with an intent to fool other investors about a stock’s demand and manipulate the price.

Northwest, whose shares trade over the counter, also sued Canaccord Genuity Inc., G1 Execution Services LLC, GTS Securities LLC, Instinet LLC, Lime Trading Corp. and Virtu Americas LLC.

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Citadel’s Market Manipulation History

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Stock Market News: Citadel accused of market manipulation | Citadel lawsuit + more.

The lawsuit comes as no surprise to the retail community as Citadel has a long history of market manipulation.

From getting accounts suspended in China to settling charges of misconduct and abusing their power in the U.S. markets, Citadel has done it all.

Spoofing was outlawed in 2010 so the practice has since been illegal.

In March, the DOJ targeted hedge fund Muddy Waters for flooding the market with fake shares.

In August, a federal jury in Chicago convicted two former JPMorgan traders who had been charged with spoofing in the gold market.

Now Citadel and others are being accused of using spoofing tactics to drive down the price of Northwest Biotherapeutics.

Will these Wall Street giants receive the same consequences as JPMorgan’s former traders?

I’m curious to know what you think.

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Source: WSJ


Ken Griffin Speaks Out on Retail and FTX Collapse

Ken Griffin Speaks on FTX and retail investors
Market News: Ken Griffin speaks out on FTX and retail investors.

Billionaire investor Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of multinational hedge fund Citadel, warned that the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX could weaken confidence in financial markets at large and hurt the ability of younger investors to save for retirement.

Ken Griffin told Fox Business, “FTX is one of these absolute travesties in the history of financial markets.” 

His remarks come less than a week after the implosion of FTX, which at its peak was the third-largest cryptocurrency exchange.

The firm’s bankruptcy may affect up to 1 million creditors and comes amid reports that at least $1 billion in client funds disappeared.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that ex-CEO Sam Bankman-Fried cashed out $300 million during a $420 million raise from several investors last year for personal use.

Sam Bankman-Fried is now facing a class-action lawsuit that was filed on November 11th, 2022.

Celebrities named in the lawsuit include Steph Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Shohei Ohtani, Naomi Osaka, Larry David, and Kevin O’Leary who allegedly helped Bankman-Fried promote the exchange.

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Citadel’s Ken Griffin Says Retail Investors May Likely Ditch the Markets

Griffin expressed concern that losses sustained by younger investors who lost money due to FTX may make them less likely to invest their savings in capital markets, including traditional instruments like stocks and bonds.

“The confidence, though, of a generation in financial markets has also been shaken. That’s really awful because the 20-some-year-olds to 40-year-olds who are so engaged in crypto — they’ve got to save for their retirement, and if they don’t believe or trust in financial markets, this is a huge problem. They need to own stocks, they need to own corporate debt, they need to partake in our global capital markets,” Griffin said.

Citadel is currently partnering with Virtu, Schwab, Paradigm, Sequoia, and other Wall Street giants to form EDXM Crypto Exchange.

A cryptocurrency exchange that is supposed to provide transparency and lower transaction costs through the use of high liquidity and tight spreads.

But concerns are growing within the retail investor community as Citadel enters the crypto space, calling it an outrage due to the hedge funds’ long history of abuse of power.

“The bottom line is American investors have really gotten hurt here to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars in decline in market cap in crypto over the last two years. I mean that really strikes at the entire core essence of what investor protection is all about,” Griffin said.

Source: Fox Business.

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Citadel Has a Long History of Market Manipulation

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Market News: Citadel and friends are entering the crypto space | Ken Griffin.

Citadel and friends are entering the crypto world very soon.

EDX Markets plans to bring ‘traditional finance’ to the crypto space, a not so ‘traditional’ space to begin with.

The exchange made up of Citadel, Sequoia, Paradigm, Virtu, Charles Schwab, and Fidelity is debuting in November.

EDX Markets will start trading a limited number of spot, crypto tokens starting with a November trial period, with the official launch in January, per Bloomberg.

Similar to trading equities and options, EDX will allow investors to buy and sell digital assets through their existing broker dealer, rather than an outside venue or directly through a crypto-native exchange. 

“We’re taking some of the best features of traditional finance and bringing it to the digital markets to make it more efficient, and bring that cost saving to investors,” Nazarali said.

Nazarali is the former global head of business development at Citadel Securities.

But as many are aware, these financial institutions have a long history of playing unfair.

Will these sharks taint the crypto space too?

Let’s look at Citadel’s market manipulation history.

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Citadel Market Manipulation

2015

In 2015, an account operated in China by the brokerage arm of US hedge fund Citadel was suspended.

It was the latest casualty of regulators’ hunt for market manipulators and short sellers at the time.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission said that the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges had suspended 24 accounts as part of a probe into high-frequency trading.

The investigation focused on a practice known as “spoofing” in which an investor submits a buy or sell order but then withdraws it before a sale is completed — a practice that can mislead investors by creating the false impression that a stock is trading at a particular price.

Citadel confirmed that one of its accounts managed by Guosen Futures was among those suspended.

2017

SEC Citadel

In 2017 Citadel paid the SEC $22.6 million to settle charges of misleading conduct.

The hedge fund misled customers about the way it priced trades.

The SEC found that between 2007 and 2010, Citadel used two algorithms to execute stock trades on customers’ behalf that gave investors a worse price for their trades, even when Citadel knew better prices existed elsewhere.

“This affected millions of retail orders,” said Stephanie Avakian, the acting director of enforcement at the SEC at the time.

Citadel neither admitted nor denied the findings.

2021

In 2021, Failure-to-Delivers (FTDs) rose dramatically in the period leading up to January 28th, 2021, a phenomenon consistent with increasing short interest by market makers such as Citadel Securities.

FTDs are indictive of naked short selling, which occurs when a short seller does not actually possess the security it is supposed to borrow.

This practice is largely inaccessible to individual investors but accessible to market makers.

At the time, Citadel, Robinhood, and others restricted retail investors from buying ‘meme stocks’ in order to prevent escalating institutional losses.

Citadel eventually lost billions after betting against AMC Entertainment in 2021.

But the entire system needs a refresh – The DTCC waived a total of $9.7 billion of collateral deposit requirements on January 28, 2021, saving brokers, and screwing up retail investors.

2022

The Chicago Tribune published a piece explaining exactly what retail investors have been warning the SEC about.

Citadel Securities’ dark pool dominates a big part of the financial world, accounting for as much as half of U.S. stock market activity.

The Chicago Tribune says this prominent dark pool is run by Chicago Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Citadel Securities and has been targeting small scale retail investors.

And they’re not wrong.

Dark pools are typically involved in payment for order flow (PFOF), where they pay broker firms to receive retail order flow.

Brokers such as Robinhood and TD Ameritrade accept payment for order flow.

But retail investors have been bringing these nefarious practices in the market to light.

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Institutional Investor Says Ken Griffin is On the Same Side as Retail

Market News: Ken Griffin's Citadel and other hedge funds go long on AMC
Market News: Ken Griffin’s Citadel and other hedge funds go long on AMC

Institutional Investor just published a somewhat odd article trying to convince readers that Ken Griffin is on the same side as retail investors.

I know, smells fishy already.

But the article seems rather misinformative.

According to the article, Citadel and other hedge funds previously shorting AMC are now going long.

They did not provide any evidence, but I was able to find some intriguing data.

Let’s take a look below.

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Ken Griffin on the same side as retail investors?

Multi-billionaire and owner of hedge fund Citadel Ken Griffin is actually on the same side as retail investors?

The same hedge fund that was betting against AMC Entertainment in hopes to profit from its downfall?

I’m not sure if that aligns with the aspirations of retail investors but I’d love to hear from you on this one in the comment section.

I couldn’t find any evidence of the claims Institutional Investor was making, but I did find some data from Fintel.

According to Fintel, Citadel Advisors LLC opened 6.5 million calls for AMC Entertainment stock reflecting in August and bought roughly 670k shares.

The hedge fund opened 3.2 million puts during the same month.

Institutional Investor says Citadel owned approximately 2,305,711 shares of AMC but neither Fintel nor MarketBeat show this to be true.

Other hedge funds that were previously short on AMC and purchased shares were Millennium and Wolverine as shown below.

It looks like aggressive short sellers are now going long.

This is big news for AMC Entertainment.

Has the company finally convinced Wall Street of its worth?

Why are hedge funds going long on AMC now?

Citadel buys AMC stock
Citadel buys AMC stock? Why are hedge funds going long on AMC?

The answer is quite simple, hedge funds are simply hedging their losing bets.

They are going long as momentum spurs and going short during cool-off periods.

It makes sense, but does it mean Ken Griffin is on retail investors side?

I think that’s a little too much.

Ken Griffin’s Citadel takes advantage of retail investors by trading their orders in foreign exchanges, profiting from better trading deals outside the lit market.

The hedge fund also has the power to suppress stocks from moving up based on retail demand by overleveraging their short positions and flooding the market with selling pressure.

This is why retail investors disdain Ken Griffin and Citadel.

Market makers and hedge funds have prevented AMC from fully squeezing which means they’ve tampered with retail’s money.

And retail will never be okay with that.

Institutional Investor says Ken Griffin is on retail’s side because Citadel is going long on AMC.

Are they trying to clear their name with this hit?

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Robinhood Continues to Face Market Manipulation Claims

Robinhood continues to face market manipulation claims
Market News: Robinhood faces scrutiny today for last year’s trading restrictions

U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami dismissed some allegations against the Robinhood last year but is allowing others in a proposed investor class-action lawsuit to move forward. 

Robinhood must face market manipulation claims this year that arose from the ‘meme stock’ frenzy in early 2021.

The broker had allegedly colluded with market maker Citadel and removed the buy button, preventing retail investors from buying stocks such as AMC and GameStop.

US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga said in her ruling Thursday that the case raises “interesting legal questions”.

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Robinhood faces scrutiny more than a year later

U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia Altonaga in Miami said in the ruling that investors in GameStop Corp, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc and seven other stocks can proceed with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging the restrictions artificially increased the stocks’ supply.

The lawsuit was one of several cases brought against Robinhood after it temporarily restricted its customers from buying AMC and GameStop as they began to surge in share price.

Citadel, who to this date is short on the ‘meme stocks’, allegedly colluded with Robinhood the night prior to the trading restrictions.

The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services published a press release in July stating Robinhood and Citadel Securities engaged in ‘blunt’ negotiations before the trading of ‘meme stocks’ occurred.

On January 28th, 2021, Robinhood routed orders to six market makers for equities: Citadel Securities, G1 Execution Services, Morgan Stanley, Two Sigma Securities, Virtu, and Wolverine.

All of which are short on AMC and GameStop.

But despite the continued claims to this date, it leaves you wondering.

Is Robinhood a scapegoat?

Could Robinhood simply be taking the blame for everything that occurred last year, allowing market makers to get away with market manipulation?

See, there’s a connection between Judge Cecilia Altonaga and a defendant’s law firm.

Altonaga’s husband George Mencio, is a partner to Holland and Knight, the defendant of Two Sigma Securities in this case.

This creates a major conflict of interest.

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AMC Becomes One of The Most Purchased Stocks

Market News: AMC becomes one of the most purchased stocks on Fidelity
Market News: AMC becomes one of the most purchased stocks on Fidelity

Wall Street is baffled as AMC becomes one of the most purchased stocks on Fidelity in the past week.

Mark Taylor from Mirabaud Securities says “the ‘smart guys’ are confused and fighting from a position of weakness.”

But has the retail community really been that covert?

The retail community has been fighting against market injustices for over a year now, which a lot has been an effort to drive short sellers out of ‘meme stocks’ such as AMC and GameStop.

‘Meme stocks’ have been suppressed by market makers and short sellers in order to prevent the stocks’ high demand from causing further losses.

It was reported AMC short sellers had lost more than $1 billion this year so far.

Are retail investors about to deliver another blow to Wall Street?

Let’s discuss it!

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AMC breaks $20 again

AMC Entertainment stock has broken the $20 levels again.

It’s going to have to hold well above $26-$27 if retail investors are to see it beyond $30 again.

AMC had peaked to $27.47 during the pre-market but underperformed like majority of stocks.

While trading volume in the past two days has been over 100m, today’s volume showed signs of cooling momentum.

Still, AMC is holding around $22.50 relatively well.

Shareholders are loading up on the stock prior to the new dividend distributions.

AMC will be distributing 1 APE stock for every 1 AMC share investors hold.

The new security will be tradable in the market and will provide the company with liquidity to pay down their debt and raise cash if need be.

For investors, a cash cow that may significantly grow in value.

This incentive is attracting more investors to buy the theatre chain stock and causing confusion amongst short sellers.

But there’s one thing mainstream media isn’t discussing, and that’s that retail activists and shareholders aren’t going anywhere.

Some folks truly don’t know

The retail community might have been painted as degenerates that originated from the Wall Street Bets Reddit forum and that what happened last year simply happened.

But that’s not the case at all.

The activist community has grown and has aimed at the SEC for its incompetence in market structure.

Marketing campaigns have sprawled on the streets of Chicago calling out Citadel’s Ken Griffin for market manipulation and Gary Gensler for allegedly being complicit.

Even the DTCC is under fire by retail investors yearning for change in the market.

The Depositary Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) had its windows covered with flyers that read – DTCC, Disgraceful, Thieving, Complicit, Committee “allowing financial crimes under their watch”.

The market manipulation that has suppressed ‘meme stocks’ such as AMC for over a year now have prevented the stock from squeezing the big players from the game.

Loopholes have raised the attention of millions of investors who simply want to participate in a fair market where supply and demand dictate price action, not market makers and complicit regulators.

Some folks don’t truly know this, but this is a new breed of retail investors.

‘Meme stocks’ become beacons for change

So why are people becoming obsessive with stocks such as AMC and GameStop?

It’s because in today’s world, people are obsessed with real positive change.

For change in their daily lives, change in the financial lives, and change in the markets for the future generation.

Wall Street will very soon notice it’s time to pass the torch.

Finance is changing, culture is changing.

This is why AMC stock has become one of the most purchased stocks in the market.

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Retail Investors Petition to Fire SEC Chairman Gary Gensler

Petition to fire Gary Gensler
Market News: Petition to fire Gary Gensler surfaces in retail community.

Retail investors have gotten together and started a petition to fire SEC Chairman Gary Gensler for obstruction of justice.

The SEC Chairman is believed to be complicit to the market manipulation occurring in the day-to-day stock market.

Gary Gensler admitted in a Bloomberg exclusive that 90%-95% of retail orders do not go through the lit exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but rather through foreign exchanges, or dark pools.

Retail’s concerns have fallen on deaf ears as market maker and hedge fund Citadel remains in operation.

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Retail demands Citadel investigation

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Citadel’s Ken Griffin.

The market maker and hedge fund, who also has its own dark pool, is responsible for processing almost 50% of retail trades.

How do they receive this many orders?

Through a process called PFOF, or payment for order flow, where the institution pays brokers such as Robinhood a fee for retail orders.

Citadel then profits from retail as they exchange these orders through foreign exchanges where they can get a better deal, pocketing the small spread.

But that’s not all.

Citadel is short on AMC Entertainment stock, one of the most popular stocks amongst the retail community aiming to squeeze short sellers from their positions.

Investors have looked at Gary Gensler for solutions to the stock’s suppression, but the SEC has only made fun of the retail community; and now they want him out.

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Change.org | Petition to fire Gary Gensler.

Retail investors are now demanding for change.

But retail aren’t the only ones to stand up to the SEC.

Tesla’s Elon Musk has been very public about the SEC’s incompetence and has even spoken out against short sellers and malpractices used to short his company in what he calls short and distort tactics.

These same tactics have been used to drive retail’s favorite stocks down despite big demand for the stock.

Retail investors are rising to market injustices and are demanding the SEC Chairman step down and Citadel receives a proper investigation.

You can sign the petition to fire Gary Gensler on Change.org here.

The petition has already received more than 14,000 signatures.

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Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Order Type

Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Order Type
Market News: Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX

BREAKING: Citadel Securities just lost the court case to the IEX order type.

The ruling is a notable victory for IEX and a blow to Citadel Securities, which profits from small differences between the bid and ask prices in a trade.

(Bloomberg)—Citadel Securities LLC lost its case against the US Securities and Exchange Commission over a market order type from IEX Group Inc., after arguing the SEC botched its approval. 

A trio of federal judges in Washington on Friday upheld the regulator’s decision on the order type, D-Limit, which features a 350-microsecond delay meant to reduce the advantage of high-frequency traders.

The electronic trading firm founded by billionaire Ken Griffin argued that D-Limit hurts investors by delaying their orders and that the SEC approval process broke the laws and rules that govern it.

This is big news.

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A massive win for retail investors

iex order type

This is a huge win for retail investors and of course a big victory for IEX.

Citadel Securities, which profits from small differences between the bid and ask prices in a trade, will be losing a lot of money.

IEX, which markets itself as a champion of fairness in pricing for the average investor, began offering the discretionary limit order in October 2020 after the SEC stood by it in August. 

In suing its own regulator, Citadel Securities—one of the top market makers on the exchange—had asked the court to send D-Limit back to the SEC for reconsideration and reversal. 

Investors had no update on this case until now, Citadel loses the court case to IEX.

“The SEC’s determination that the DLimit order does not violate the Exchange Act by unfairly discriminating or unduly burdening competition was reasonable and supported by substantial evidence,” the court found.

Citadel Securities spokesperson David Millar said in a statement: “We look forward to continuing to engage with the SEC to ensure that the best interests of both retail and institutional investors are protected.”

IEX had no immediate comment on the court’s decision.

The SEC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

What Is The D-Limit Order?

The D-Limit order is designed to protect liquidity providers from potential “adverse selection” by latency arbitrage trading strategies.

This rule basically gives traders a way to buy or sell stock at the exchange while protecting them against unfavorable price moves, via Reuters.

“The D-Limit Order is an artificial intelligence order type that protects displayed lit orders from being picked off by latency arbitrage players.”

“It aims to benefit displayed equity market quotes with better prices, larger displayed sizes and more competition among liquidity providers.” via, JLN.  

This order is a massive threat to Citadel as it takes away predatory trading through the practices of market arbitrage.

What is Market Arbitrage?

Market arbitrage is the act of buying a security in one market and simultaneously selling it in another market for a higher price.

Traders frequently attempt to exploit the arbitrage opportunity by buying a stock on a foreign exchange where the share price hasn’t yet been adjusted for the fluctuating exchange rate, via Investopedia.

This type of trading takes advantage of everyone involved, including retail investors.

Citadel personnel argued that the D-Limit rule is detrimental to millions of retail investors and undermine the reliability of the markets.

Citadel Loses Court Case to IEX Sources: Chicago Business

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Gary Gensler, Ken Griffin: Involved in Audit Quality Scheme?

Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)
Market News: Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) conflicts of interest

Not only has Gary Gensler been complicit to ongoing manipulation in the market, but he seems to be part of a scheme that starts at the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ).

The conflict of interest is unreal when you have a big hedge fund owner and regulator in the same funding board, and a chief who either doesn’t get it or is part of this scheme.

Joe Ucuzoglu of the CAQ and Citadel’s Ken Griffin are part of the same funding organization, The Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board.

The Corporate Fund Board is a nationwide partnership of distinguished business leaders (i.e., Ken Griffin) from prominent corporations (i.e., Citadel), helping mobilize corporate partners and secure critical funding.

Joe Ucuzoglu is the Chief Executive Officer at Deloitte US, leading the largest professional services organization in the United States.

According to the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), Joe Ucuzoglu frequently speaks on a broad range of current issues facing the business community including the regulatory landscape.

You see the conflict of interest here?

What a mess.

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What is The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)?

CAQ Center for Audit Quality
Center for Audit Quality Scheme | Gary Gensler speaking at CAQ

The CAQ is dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets by fostering high-quality performance by public company auditors.

The CAQ also convenes and collaborates with other stakeholders to advance the discussion of critical issues requiring action and intervention, and advocates policies and standards that promote public company auditors’ objectivity, effectiveness, and responsiveness to dynamic market conditions.

In simple terms, the CAQ works for the big guys to discuss critical issues they are undergoing and solve the problem(s) to fit their required market conditions.

The problem here is it leaves the retail investor out and caters to financial investors instead.

Gary Gensler CAQ

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler is in charge of protecting retail investors but seems to be enamored by his title rather than the actual work it takes to tackle market injustices in a number of conflicts of interest.

CAQ CEO background

As CEO, Lindsay is responsible for carrying out the mission and vision of the CAQ’s Governing Board, which is comprised of CEOs from eight leading public company auditing firms, including Joe Ucuzoglu’s Delloitte US.

Julie Bell Lindsay served as a Managing Director and the Deputy Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Citigroup, a bank who’s been fined several times for fraud in the past decade.

Julie joined Citi in February 2009 as General Counsel – Capital Markets and Corporate Reporting, where she was the lead lawyer responsible for Citi’s public disclosures and global capital markets activities.

Prior to Citi, Julie served as Counsel to Commissioner Cynthia Glassman at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, where she counseled the Commissioner on all matters relating to public company disclosure obligations, corporate governance standards, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and Financial Accounting Standards Board, enforcement matters, and issues affecting registered foreign companies. 

The Center for Audit Quality sounds more so like a lobbyist group than anything else.

But I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

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