Dodd goes Hollywood
March 1st, 2011
02:52 PM ET
12 years ago

Dodd goes Hollywood

Washington (CNN) - Former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd will be the new head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the powerful Hollywood lobbying group that advocates for the American motion picture and television industries.

The MPAA on Tuesday officially announced Dodd as their new chairman and chief executive officer. Dodd became a widely speculated candidate for the coveted post after announcing last January that he would not seek reelection, ending a 30-year Senate career.

"I am truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world," Dodd said in a statement.

The five-term senator became a major power-broker on Capitol Hill, and had key roles in Congress' health care and financial reform efforts. As chair of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, Dodd co-wrote the historic Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the most sweeping overhaul of the financial system since the New Deal. Dodd stepped in as active chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee after his colleague, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, passed away. Dodd continued to have an active role in passing a health care reform bill last March.

His legislative accomplishments drew increased ire, though, as critics accused the longtime senator of being too cozy to the very industry he was tasked with regulating. In announcing his retirement, Dodd acknowledged the toll controversies surrounding his role in financial reform had taken on his political career, telling reporters, "I love my job as your senator. I always have, still do. However, this past year has raised some challenges that insisted I take stock of my life."

Dodd will succeed Chairman Dan Glickman, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, on March 17. Glickman stepped down as chairman last March.

Under current Senate rules, former senators are prohibited from lobbying any lawmaker or aide for two years after their departure from the Senate. The rules do not, however, prohibit former senators from being employed by lobbying organizations in other capacities, as in Dodd's case, as chairman.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Bob in PA

    Now there is a man that knows what palms to grease to get things done. But a major question comes to mind, why on earth does the movie industry need a lobbyiest ?

    March 1, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Monster Zero

    He should be going to prison instead, where he could get a "hole" new meaning to Fannie Mae...

    March 1, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    They all seem to become lobbyists, and influence peddlers.

    March 1, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "I am so proud of the Republicans in the House and the Senate. Finally the American economy has a fighting chance going forward and someone is doing something in Washington to bring unemployment down. "

    Riiiight...except, you know, Moody's just reported that the GOP's proposed budget would cost a total of 700,000 more jobs between the public AND private sectors....and CNN and the rest aren't reporting it at all because Moody's is non-biased and a sourec the GOP relies on all the time. Plastering the Ticker and homepage with information about such an objective analysis would really damage the ability of CNN to play up that there's a legitimate controversy because it really REALLY hurts the GOP's policy positions and their resulting proposals. Keep those blinders on though, Liptonites, at least you won't see it when the GOP drives our bus smack into a wall.

    March 1, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    One of the biggest DemocRAT crooks leaves office instead of losing re-election or going to jail for taking bribes (discount mortgages and who knows what else because nobody has looked!) and now is a lobbyist. Now isn't that just wonderful! I expect all you libtards in here to roast this clown for being a money grubbing lobbyist looking to line his pockets. Anything else will be sheer hypocrisy, but my guess is that is just what will happen.

    March 1, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. gt

    dood needs to be in jail for all the crap her pull with fannie and freddie......

    March 1, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "why on earth does the movie industry need a lobbyiest ?"

    Because jackhole conservatives are always trying to do things like censor them for one thing. Besides, why does any giant money grubbing industry need lobbyists? You can ask the same things about the financial industry or insurance. The answer is always the same, no matter who you support: Because we let them....because we turn a blind eye to them buying our government out from under our votes...because it's ok when it's my guys and not ok when it's yours and as a result they get away with it while we fight with each other.

    BTW, grow up DemoComm. Nobody likes lobbyists besides a politician. Even their mothers hate them for it.

    March 1, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Inmyopinion

    Like we don't know that Hollywood holds hands with these politicians. He'll feel right at home. Remember when they got money from the stimulus package because Hollywood needed rescuing?

    March 1, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "dood needs to be in jail for all the crap her pull with fannie and freddie......"

    The least the Koch brothers could do is hire Americans to astroturf for them. I mean it necessary to outsource even that crap?

    March 1, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hey Zero! The people who should be in prison are: GW Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rove, Ensign, Vitter, Sanford, Brewer, Palin, Rick Scott, and Newt.

    March 1, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Remember when they got money from the stimulus package because Hollywood needed rescuing?"

    Typical. You're confusing TARP and the Stimulus package and mashing them together. TARP was the rescue carp. Stimulus was intended to keep jobs from being lost and create them if never had anything to do with whether something (other than about 98% of us in general, since 2% certainly needed for nothing) needed to be rescued.

    March 1, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hey Demo. . .! You cannot go through life as a complete moron without coming across facts that negate your daily rants. Remember, it was the Bush/republicans who gave us the unfunded war in Iraq, the Bush/republicans who gave us unfunded TARP, the Bush/republicans who gave us unfunded tax cuts, the Bush/republicans who gave us big oil tax credits, the Bush/ republicans gave us unfunded drug program, and the Bush/republicans are responsible for the 8 million lost jobs in Bush last three years. After doubling our national debt, it was the Bush/republicans that left our nation on the brink of a great depression. Man up, your party left President Obama one hell of a mess.

    March 1, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. Ancient Texan

    Oh goody, another sweetheart deal for the master crook along with his counterpart Barney who brought down the nation's economy with their super efficient oversight of Fannie and Freddie.

    March 1, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |