Hollywood to politicians: When we buy you, stay bought

By , ITworld |  Security, Chris Dodd, MPAA

Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd speaks at the Reuters Washington Summit September 20, 2010.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

When does 'politics as usual' cross into bribery? Chris Dodd and the Motion Picture Association of America might find out.

During a Fox News interview, former Senator Chris Dodd admitted the public outcry over SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) caused many former Hollywood supporters in the House and Senate to backtrack. In an unusually blunt admission, Dodd aimed criticism at those politicians that bowed to public sentiment, saying, "this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake."

Outrage kickstarted a petition drive to force the White House to investigate what seemed extreme to many. "This is an open admission of bribery," says the petition, which demands investigation of "blatant bribery" and, if appropriate, move to "indict every person, especially government officials and lawmakers, who is involved." Recent reports say the petition has received the 25,000 signatures needed to initiate action.

Really sleazy

Is this what Hollywood thinks of America? F - you Hollywood.
lerm on politico.com

You know political corruption is the norm when these scumbags start publicly chastising the politicians for not doing what they were told to do when the 'campaign contribution' cheques were being signed.
Darryl on theregister.co.uk

I saw Dodd speak during the Iowa caucuses in 2008. He seemed scummy to me at the time. Turns out I was right.
patepluma on pcworld.com

Welcome to Washington

The entire tech industry are rank amateurs when it comes to Washington chicanery. They just don't know how the game's played. Why do you think the laws keep screwing the internet over?
AdamWill on theregister.co.uk

in this case the absolute worst of the lobby system shows: the lobby is so well financed that they wrote the bill and threatened those who might vote against it.
jtmouri on pcworld.com

Oh, we knew they were for sale. The only question is does Hollywood get a discount for buying them in bulk?
Dani Eder on theregister.co.uk

In the real world …

Every now and again they investigate the bribery and corruption, find a scapegoat or find no evidence. Keeps the little people happy. The catch, they are investigating themselves!
LarsG on theregister.co.uk

Nothing that we haven t known for at least thirty years......laws in this country are bought and sold....and only benefit the ones who paid for them.
acruzin on pcworld.com

There was a time not so long ago when scum like him at least tried to keep their dodgy dealings on the down low. The last few years it seems like they don't even bother to hide their contempt for the general public any more.
Anonymous Coward on theregister.co.uk

Molly Ivins gave us the best political quote ever: "As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you can't drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against 'em anyway, you don't belong in office.”

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