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Arkoosh, whose campaign turned down a request for an interview, said through a spokesperson that she “believes that members of Congress holding or trading shares constitute a conflict of interest.”

Arkoosh “supports legislation prohibiting members of Congress from owning and trading in stocks, and if elected he would put his eligible assets in a blind trust,” spokeswoman Rachel Petri said in a statement sent. by e-mail.

And while they’re across the aisle, Arkoosh and Bartos’ respective critiques of Big Tech reflect national trends that are bringing Republicans and Democrats together on an issue at a time when bipartite agreement on most issues is elusive at best and impossible at worst.

In June, for example, a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill introduced a package of antitrust bills. This bipartisan spirit has not prevented the issue from being politicized in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

In a statement, Brad Bainum, spokesperson for the super progressive PAC American Bridge, said it was “classic political behavior for” anti-Big Tech “Jeff Bartos to own hundreds of thousands of shares. technology companies.

“If he somehow manages to get out of this messy GOP primary, it is clear that Bartos cannot be trusted to represent Pennsylvania families in Washington,” Bainum said.

But with most Americans harboring the same skepticism, even though they too are filling their retirement portfolios with Big Tech stocks, one seasoned observer said he doubted the average voter shared the outrage.

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