Monday, June 8, 2015

Fmr. Sen. Dodd Gets Three-year Contract Extension from MPAA

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...]

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