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Dodd Dodges CNN's Revolving Door Question

January 20, 2012
Chris Dodd, the former Democratic senator from Connecticut and current chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, appeared on CNN Wednesday to explain, amidst an Internet blackout, why it was important for Congress to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act.

During the interview, CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin asked Dodd about his trip through the revolving door. Dodd showed no interest in answering the question, as the transcript shows:

BALDWIN: You avowed, sir, that you wouldn't become a lobbyist when you left the Senate, and here you are, you know, lobbying for the movie industry. How do you explain that?

DODD: Well, no, we're trying to talk about a position that's very important. This isn't just the movie industry. As I mentioned, there are all sorts of businesses, 19 million people in this country who work in intellectual property and copyright areas. And their jobs are at risk. There are people every single day going after other products other than film or television.

Dodd told the Connecticut Mirror in 2010 he would not lobby when he left the Senate. True, he isn't a registered lobbyist with the MPAA, which would be illegal as he's banned for lobbying for two years after leaving the Senate. We've called the MPAA for comment but haven't heard back. We'll update if we do.
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