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Chris Dodd's statement recently that congressman who are bought should stay bought was diaried  here - here is a link.

There is a user created petition on the Whitehouse site to investigate him for bribery (along with RIAA and MPAA)

The petition currently has around 10000 signatures. Once it reaches 25000 signatures, the Whitehouse is obligated to respond.

UPDATE: Some comments call this a troll diary - hence more links from the whitehouse petition site.

From the FAQ

The White House plans to respond to each petition that crosses the signature threshold, which you can view on the Terms of Participation page.

From the terms of participation link

To cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.

To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 25,000 signatures within 30 days.

The Obama administration obviously will not investigate Dodd, but they will atleast have to respond to the petition. That's a good enough start.

The response will probably be lame, but we can atleast force the administration to respond.

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  •  Spike Lee Just Headed A Huge Fundraiser for Obama (4+ / 0-)

    Hollywood hasn't quit Obama.  Dodd's a lobbyist now.  If he goes down, so should they all.

    •   (1+ / 0-)
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      Pluto

      What has Spike asked for in return?  

      Jan 20, 2009 -- I though I got my country back... I should have known better.

      by jpeskoff on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:40:41 PM PST

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      •  Well, he now has more "access" (1+ / 0-)
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        Tom Taaffe

        ...at the top than he did before. That's a given with Gov-Co. I guess you could call it "political capital." How he spends it is another question.

        It's pretty clear that Democrats with political capital tend to spend it to influence programs for the public good.

        Republicans tend to spend it to lobby for the ownership of national resources and the starvation of the needs of the disadvantaged, which both lead to private profits.


        Most people, when knocked over by the truth, have a tendency to pick themselves up, brush themselves off...and then hurry away like nothing had ever happened.

        by Pluto on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:53:32 PM PST

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        •  Huh? (2+ / 0-)
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          ffour, Nada Lemming
          "It's pretty clear that Democrats with political capital tend to spend it to influence programs for the public good."

          That's not just an unsubstantiated statement, it borders on ludicrous.  3 years and still no jobs bill. But the banks and everyone else with money to invest got taken care of.  Obama saved the rich and left everyone in economic danger to drown, in the worst economy since the Great Depression.

          Wow, yeah, right. That was looking out for 'the public good.' So long as you only count rich people.

          So much for the Democrats being any better than Republicans. Two crooked parties, both on the take from the same companies, driving us into poverty while they feast on our taxes and steal our civil rights.

          don't drink the koolaid.

          •  Boy are you confused. (0+ / 0-)

            A. The subject of my sentence refers to folks who actively become packagers and big donors. Not to politicians. I was also discussing temperament and instinct.

            B. You think a president can change the economic destiny of the US and its fundamentals of collapse? I announced that I wanted McCain to win in 2008 -- because I wanted the 200 billion tons of shit to fall on his head -- and not Obama's. There was never anything he could do.

            As for "two crooked parties" that are the same -- if you still believe the Kabuki of the the existence of a functioning Federal Government -- while Our Overlords have been running this banana republic for nearly 50 years -- you have some catching up to do.

            Down boy.


            Most people, when knocked over by the truth, have a tendency to pick themselves up, brush themselves off...and then hurry away like nothing had ever happened.

            by Pluto on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 08:03:02 PM PST

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            •  Dodd is a democrat (2+ / 0-)
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              ffour, Pluto

              Harry 'the bagman' Reid is a democrat. Bankruptcy Joe Biden is a democrat. None of them ever met a corporate campaign contributor they couldn't satisfy at our expense.

              And Obama has surrounded himself with Goldman Sach's alumni who led him to save the rich and the guilty, while leaving everyone in economic danger to drown.

              So much for the 'centrist' wing of this party.

              Each party speaks to a different constituency in this country. Republican have to satisfy the Christian conservatives at its base. Democrats have to satisfy liberal constituencies.  So much of that can fall easily into the 'I'm not a liberal, but I play one on TV'. (you can flip that around, and you have Gingrich).

              Both will offer fig leaf sops to their base, while ignoring the economic issues that affect them. Because to address the structural deconstruction of living wages and job losses would require violating the interests of the people who pay for their campaigns: Wall St., the major banks and the mega-corporations who dominate all aspects of life in this country.

              Is there something to be done? Hell yes! Get a WPA jobs program going (direct government employment, not this privatized, 'tax credit' bullshit); impose a foreclosure moratorium, stop signing free trade agreements (pull the curtain down on the ones we have), get the fuck of of these wars and close shop on the supremacist fantasies of the 'American Empire'. Use that money to pay for the previous items.

              Sorry, I have no use for the 'I've fallen and I can't get up' wing of this sorry-ass party.

              •  In the short term, we share a position. (0+ / 0-)

                I am clear about what you are saying, and I agree.

                What I am saying, is that we no longer have a publicly owned central government in the US. It has been largely privatized by the defense and financial sectors, some time ago. What we see on TV is a great deal like an amusement park, operating solely for the people's entertainment and necessary belief in "self-government".

                Reality and the producers can be located back stage.

                Thus, there is no political methodology to achieve what we both envision.


                Most people, when knocked over by the truth, have a tendency to pick themselves up, brush themselves off...and then hurry away like nothing had ever happened.

                by Pluto on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 11:44:46 AM PST

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                •  I'm well aware of the problems of privatization (1+ / 0-)
                  Recommended by:
                  Pluto

                  in its dysfunction, its insidiousness and its cost.  I pulled the plug on my TV set well over a decade ago. So the propaganda never reaches me.

                  I disagree that no political methodology exists to achieve those ends.  There just lacks the will or the courage to do it at the upper end of society.  But no empire stands forever and this sinking morass of corruption can easily be sunk, if it doesn't collapse on its own.

                  The challenge is to be ready to fill the vacuum.  

          •  The Pres. doesn't pass legislation. (0+ / 0-)

            Congress does.
            Silliness.

            •  Obama also left Bankruptcy Joe Biden (0+ / 0-)

              in charge of negotiating with Congressional Republicans and Democrats. Talk about leaving the fox to watch the chickens (though I think most foxes are smarter).

              Bankruptcy Joe Biden is nothing but a pimp for the credit industry. That's all he ever was..........

              Obama is not off the hook, just because Congress is graft-ridden incompetent.  He's filled his cabinet with more of the same.

  •  Hmmm (3+ / 0-)
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    pico, LaEscapee, joe shikspack

    I support gathering signatures for this, but seems he's describing something straightforwardly legal. People (and "people") donate money to politicians who do things they like.

    And this:

    The Connecticut Mirror, August 30, 2010– “Dodd Foreswears a Lobbying Career”:
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Dodd says he still doesn’t know what he’ll do come January 2011, when, for the first time in 36 years, he will no longer be a member of Congress. But he has ruled out one option.

    “No lobbying, no lobbying,” Dodd said in a recent interview. That Dodd would forgo a trip through Washington’s “revolving door,” using his policy and political expertise–and a thick Rolodex–to launch a new career in the influence industry, may come as a surprise.

    Fucking lying shit.

  •  WTF? In the 6 seconds it took me to "sign" this (2+ / 0-)
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    ffour, gooderservice

    petition, 9 votes disappeared...

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:41:40 PM PST

    •  I tried a dozen times to sign that petition (0+ / 0-)

      but the white house website wouldn't let me do that.

      I agree with the sentiment, but that website is bullshit. They just want us on their e-mail lists, so they can barrage us with campaign emails.

  •  This is bullshit (0+ / 0-)

    And I' didn't even have to hit the links to know.

    1. The white doesn't investigate.
    2. The white house would not host the petition
    3. The house is not obligated to do jack if it hits 25000

    I will now check the links to decide if you are a sucker or a troll.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:43:25 PM PST

  •  On one hand, (1+ / 0-)
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    Nada Lemming

    one can only shake one's head when it comes to situations like Chris Dodd. What a damm shame..

    On the other hand, while I'm red-in-the-face mad at the guy because of his recent comments, is it possible - maybe probable? - that he hasn't done anything illegal ?

    Maybe all we can do is sit and take it, until, mebbe, money is no longer speech.

    Killing jobs is what Mitt does. It's who he is. 'Jobkiller' should be on his business card.

    by thenekkidtruth on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 04:44:37 PM PST

  •  Dodd is on record (6+ / 0-)

    for wanting to copy Chinese style censorship along with Lieberman

    "If it's a choice between a genuine Republican, & a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time." ~ H.S. Truman
    TheStarsHollowGazette.com

    by TheMomCat on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 06:02:36 PM PST

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