Ex-Sen. Dodd, Now a Lobbyist, Threatens Democrats with Loss of Hollywood Support
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Democrats in Congress were threatened last week by one of their former colleagues, ex-senator Christopher Dodd, who warned lawmakers they had better support controversial anti-piracy legislation or else risk losing Hollywood’s bounty of campaign contributions.
Dodd, now the head lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America, stated on Fox News that the “industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake.”
He added: “Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.”
John Wonderlich at the Sunlight Foundation, a watchdog organization, remarked that Dodd was “blatant” in asserting Hollywood’s right to dictate the votes of lawmakers who have received financial support.
“Chris Dodd thinks that his industry's contributions should be able to purchase congressional results. This isn't just money in politics buying access, or systemic corruption, or some theoretical statistical link—Chris Dodd is threatening the Congress with his industry money,” Wonderlich wrote.
The Senate's Dodd Problem (by John Wonderlich, Sunlight Foundation)
Hollywood Money Flows To Calif. Politicians Who Support Anti-Piracy Bills (by Will Evans, California Watch)
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