Dodd to be chief lobbyist for motion pictures group

By Sahil Kapur
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 14:11 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) will be the next CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Dodd, 66, will replace current MPAA CEO Dan Glickman as chief of the leading lobbying and trade group for the movies and television industry.

Dodd, who retired in January, served in the Senate since 1981, and has been a major Democratic power broker. He rose to become chairman of the powerful banking committee, where he played a key role in crafting the financial regulatory overhaul enacted last year.

The Connecticut Democrat announced his retirement last year amidst controversy regarding loan deals he made with Countrywide Financial.

Dodd unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    Sorry to say it but Dodd made a LOT of money off the corrupt mortgage scams that caused the housing bubble to burst. He is not as good a man he likes to play.

  • kiboshki

    Yeah… and whoring himself out to MPAA doesn’t exactly endear him to the causes of liberty for the people, either.

  • Anonymous

    I guess the MPAA wants an ex-congressman to lobby to get more draconian laws to prevent their imaginary losses due to piracy of the crap movies. In case you haven’t figured it out losses from piracy can only be imaginary. They look at the glass 98% full and scream about the imaginary 2% empty.

  • Anonymous

    66? He looks twenty years older. We will probably suffering his existence till around 2035.

    Eww…more: known as “a lying weasel”, Dodd “was also responsible for writing and getting passed S. 1858 (Public Law 110-204): Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007. The implications of this law are many, including that any child born after April 2008 have a sample of their blood taken for DNA analysis. This sample is taken without consent or knowledge of the parents and then becomes property of the Federal Government. This data is supposed to be used for the good of the children such as testing for rare genetic disorders but is controversial in that it is not optional”

    Nice big data base for our Fascist overlords.

  • Anonymous

    And he is qualified for this position, how? This sounds more like lobbiest and chief.

  • WitsEnd66

    Guess his huge pension and social security isn’t enough for him at 66.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLF5SUA5RDYXG54WWF5SHMVRAI X

    I guess Dodd and Obama somehow arranged for tax payers to provide bonuses for MPAA CEOs.

  • http://twitter.com/btmfdrsheaven rebecca meritt

    I would rather have a lib for MPAA than an evangelical repugg that would lobby for only ENDTIME movies and money to go to make ‘em.

  • gypski®

    Chris, retire and live off your pension from the people and leave the rest alone. You have already proved yourself to be suspect, no need to continue to prove it.

  • Anonymous

    Another congressional whore goes home to his pimp.

  • Fedupin10

    Another spin of the revolving door.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YVBA25ZZJYN5C44WGILY6P4X34 Raven

    No bad deed goes unrewarded.

  • Guest

    How come all these former “criminal” pols make tons of dough and folks like us have to compete with the pigeons for popcorn and ducks for bread crumbs? This MUST be an alternative Universe and I, for one, would like to cross over to the “REAL” one.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Rich = Do something ILLEGAL – GET REWARDED!!!!!!!!!!

    Mr.Middle Class and lower = Do something ILLEGAL – GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL, DO NOT PASS GO!

  • Anonymous

    To my knowledge, Chris Dodd, has only been accused of doing illegalities by rightwingers. I know of absolutely no charges against him. If the Bush Crime Family is walking around, the wingnuts should drop to their knees and thank whomever because there was wrong doing.

  • Anonymous

    Dodd, just another phony on the take. He turned out to be just another slimy POS.

  • Anonymous

    How does Dodd sleep at night.
    Knowing he has make deals which have screwed the American citizens.
    How can the elected officials attack other nations , saying they are screwing their citizen.

  • http://twitter.com/ednagarrett Edna Garrett

    What a sad, shell of a man. Needed to be President of something, so he’ll shill for Hollywood. So much for giving a crap about the middle-class and working folks. This is why people make the (erroneous) argument that Dems and Repubs are all the same. Glad that phony SOB is out of the Senate.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Chris Dodd
    different job
    same boss

  • Anonymous

    Who’s that?

  • Anonymous

    What a shock. Yet another instance of that wonderful and magical ‘Revolving Door’ of Lobbyism in Washington, which continues to allow corrupt fucks like Dodd to keep their blood money pouring in by becoming one of people who relentlessly rams their dick up Congress’s ass and keeps any substantial progress from occurring.

    They don’t care about you. They don’t care about you. THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU. Or anyone else whose net worth is below $100 million.

    This is the cancer of anti-economics and statism. If you want it to end, you must reject being ruled.

  • Anonymous

    I knew he’d land some kushy gig with a cia-front company!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Chris. Because of you, the last shred of doubt in my mind that pirating content is morally justified just went out the window.

  • Anonymous

    Ah yes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking sweetheart loans from Countrywide, one of the most morally, ethically, and factually bankrupt entities to ever exist. And then coincidentally, just coincidentally you understand, doing various legislative favors for Countrywide. Nothing wrong in the least. Not to Democrats anyway, and certainly not in the banana republic America has become.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7TFC4AB4FMVYBR6EU5WCZ653IU Bob Hardin

    MPAA: “Leading lobbying and trade group”? It should also be mentioned that the MPAA has bullied, tricked, spammed and sued P2P file sharers for years in a vain effort to protect industry superprofits.

  • K7KTR

    Well, It seems like he had to find another Job as he took so many Perk’s from the Banks in the Home Mortgage SCAM’S. This ole boy sure gets around. I bet he can’t even play pocket pool cause so many other people have their hands in his pockets. Deep too!

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Revolving door or what. This is the payoff for his shitty banking law

  • Hologram5

    None of these fools are any good. When you get that high up, there is no left or right, there is only money and power and the hunger for more.

  • Anonymous

    I thought for sure he’d land somewhere in the financial industry, since he’s such good friends with them.

  • http://twitter.com/lthuedk Stephen Pitt

    What a huge disappointment Dodd revealed himself to be. He is far worse than Conservative for being a fraudulent representative of the People-a mole for corporate.

    Another reason why lobbying should be not regulated but banned. It’s nothing more than a bribery machine made to look legitimate.

    Perhaps the People need to march on Washington the same way we marched on Wisconsin and stay put until Obama and the Dems grow some courage and face down corporate fascism.

  • Anonymous

    There are 2 sets of rules in this country – one for we the little people – you know, don’t look cross-eyed at a cop or TSA agent because if you do you’re going to jail – and one for the wealthy – you know, do whatever you damn well please with impunity and reward. We have truly become an us and them society. We have 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners (with the majority of prisoners locked up for non-victimless crimes like holding a little weed or some other bogus drug charge).

  • Anonymous

    No one in the bush crime family has been charged either; that doesn’t mean they aren’t guilty as sin. Unless it is for the purpose of blackmail or personal vendetta criminal politicians don’t get charged with their crimes. That’s the way it works.

  • samhoustonTX

    Again, the powerful politicians leave government and reject public service with a non-profit. He’s a greedy asshole who just can’t get enough money.