Chris Dodd Loves SOPA (Update: Rubio Withdraws Support)
January 18, 2012 - 11:36 am
Reason enough to oppose it.
If you’re like me, you hoped that you wouldn’t be hearing anything more from allegedly corrupt former Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) after he decided in 2010 not to seek a sixth Senate term. Unfortunately those hopes were dashed when the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) decided it just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hire somebody who allegedly knows exactly what it takes to buy a senator. The MPAA selected Dodd as its new head lobbyist chairman and CEO last year. Now Dodd is taking aim at Wikipedia, Google, and other websites involved in today’s protest against the SOPA/PIPA internet censorship legislation pending in Congress:
It is an irresponsible response and a disservice to people who rely on them for information and use their services. It is also an abuse of power given the freedoms these companies enjoy in the marketplace today. It’s a dangerous and troubling development when the platforms that serve as gateways to information intentionally skew the facts to incite their users in order to further their corporate interests.
Chris Dodd is the personification of Washington power grabbing and corruption. His weighing in favor of SOPA should effectively kill it.
Update: In comments a reader takes FL Sen. Marco Rubio for co-sponsoring the Senate version of SOPA, PIPA. That was a fair criticism, but Rubio has responded to the legislation’s critics by pulling his support. Good.