Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris Dodd, MPAA

January 23, 2012 -

A new petition asks the Obama Administration to investigate the MPAA and its president Christopher Dodd for comments he has made publicly about paying politicians to do what the trade group representing the entertainment industry want when it comes to legislation. Dodd is a former Senator from Connecticut. Here's the exact wording of the petition:

"We petition the Obama administration to Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admitted to bribing politicians to pass legislation. Recently on FOX News former Senator Chris Dodd said (as quoted on news site TechDirt), '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,' This is an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the 'above the law' status people of Dodd's position and wealth enjoy.

We demand justice. Investigate this blatant bribery and indict every person, especially government officials and lawmakers, who is (sic) involved.
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So far the petition has 21,280 of the 25,000 signatures it needs. You can put your name on it by visiting whitehouse.gov.

Thanks Tom Purdie (@Tom_Purdie). Image Credit: whitehouse.gov.


Comments

Re: Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris ...

While I agree with the sentiment, he's clearly talking about campaign donations.  Bribery for all intents and purposes, sure, but in a legal sense?  I just don't see what they think they can charge him with based on just that statement.

Re: Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris ...

It's a quid pro quo scenario. He just tipped his hand by pointing out the quid and bitching them out for not making good on the quo.

-Greevar

"Paste superficially profound, but utterly meaningless quotation here."

Re: Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris ...

Right, but it is not illegal to make campaign contributions, nor is it illegal to stop making campaign contributions if the politician in question doesn't do what you hoped he/she would.  Again, I'm not saying it's right or ethical, I just don't see how it's necessarily illegal.

Re: Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris ...

This is good.  We need to start cracking down on all of the corruption.  

Re: Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris ...

i signed it (and a few others).

Re: Petition Asks for White House Investigation of Chris ...

I already put my name on it.

That comment was un-fucking-acceptable. Dodd and the MPAA need to be held accountable.

 
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