Much like Newt’s “consulting” work, Chris Dodd most likely got his position with the MPAA by saying, “I know how it all works, I can promise that I can have any legislation you want as law pass.” Just look at the whole SOPA/PIPA fiasco. Prior to the blackout on 1/18 it seemed like Congress was going to pass those bills and no one in Congress knew what an internet was. Much of that can be attributed to the ignorance of the populous, millions unaware of what was taking place.
Now that Dodd’s “sure thing” has blown up in his face, he’s pissed off at his pals in D.C. for not voting with their wallet and *gasp* listening to their constituents! He went on Fox News and said the following:
“Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. 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,”
He nearly admitted that he was bribing members of Congress! I say “nearly” since it seems blatantly obvious to you and me, but that statement could be warped by any decent lawyer into a benign mention of campaign contributions.
A petition has been submitted to the White House to investigate Dodd on bribery charges. Like I said, the chances of a charge actually sticking are slim. Unless there is a poorly covered paper trail, but the MPAA has been bribing politicians for years so they’ve probably got that covered. If this is given any merit however, Dodd will probably lose be ousted from the MPAA and forced to consult for other billion dollar industries. Poor guy.