But there will be no justice, there will be no government of the people, by the people, and for the people, as long as the government and its officials permit bribery in any form
~John Jay Hooker
Chris Dodd, famous for his unethical dealings while serving in the Senate, is now doing for the Motion Picture Industry what he did for Countrywide. He’s bringing the taint of unethical dealings and bad press to an industry that relies on a fair amount of good will.
Chris Dodd is the MPAA chief executive (what were they thinking when they hired him?). In an exclusive interview with Fox News he threatened politicians who failed to back anti-piracy legislation with the loss of financial backing from Hollywood.
A petition with 10,000 signatures asks the White House to investigate. Not much will come of it since Dodd seems to be teflon, having already gotten away with illicit dealings that should have cost him his Senate seat and possibly slap him with criminal charges.
Dodd’s threats were made in reference to the anti-piracy bills, PIPA and SOPA, which were tabled until they can be rewritten after a massive online outcry. People agree that we need anti-piracy laws, but these bills were too broad and seriously threatened the free Internet.
The petition claims that Dodd’s words amounted to bribery. I think extortion works too. As a Senator who was bribed with a deal from Countrywide and who didn’t pay taxes on his estate, does this surprise anyone?
The petition states that Dodd’s words were 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,” the petition reads.
Reuters: The petition was initiated by the New York-based educational and research group We The People Foundation. The group, founded by Robert L. Schulz, has since 2002 been a leading force in the tax protest movement. The group also has sued to stop the use of electronic voting machines.
If you agree and want to sign the petition, click here