By James Hirsen
Christopher Dodd is the former U.S. senator who represented the state of Connecticut for thirty long years. Dodd announced in 2010 that he would not seek re-election, but came to the decision amid a cloud of allegations. When news stories emerged that he was seeking a lucrative post-Senate lobbying position, Dodd responded by telling The Hartford Courant that he would "not lobby, but, like [former U.S. senators] Hagel and Nunn, he may teach."
The Connecticut Mirror quoted the then-senator as answering in an unequivocal manner the question surrounding his future employment by asserting the following: "No lobbying, no lobbying." In February 2011, though, Dodd did take one of the most sought after lobbying positions in the country - that being Hollywood's top lobbying post, a new job in which he would serve as Chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Dodd, who at best has a spotty track record of seeking legislation favorable to the entertainment industry and whose response to the hack of Sony's computer network was highly criticized, has nonetheless been rewarded with a three-year contract extension. [more...]