Chris Dodd

American lawyer and U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Dodd

Christopher John "Chris" Dodd is an American lawyer, lobbyist, and Democratic Party politician who served as a United States Senator from Connecticut for a thirty-year period ending with the 111th United States Congress. Dodd is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Providence College. His father, Thomas J. Dodd, was one of Connecticut's United States Senators from 1959-1971.
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27 May 1944
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Ohio ACLU Defends Columbus School Employee Who Called for Gay People to be 'Killed or Relocated'
NPR - 8 months
The ACLU of Ohio is defending a Columbus City School employee who posted hateful comments against LGBTQ people and the city’s Pride Festival. Chris Dodds works for the Columbus City school district’s garage. A post from his account used a slur to describe gay people and said they should be “killed or at least relocated .” Elizabeth Burnham with the ACLU of Ohio says the comments are vile and hateful but says Dodds should not lose his job because even those comments are protected free speech. “What we shouldn’t do is give a power that we own over to the state and say, 'You can censor people that we don’t like now.' What we’ll see inevitably, time and again, is that later on, that power that we’ve given away to the state is going to come back and be used against the most vulnerable people,” she said. Burnham believes hateful speech has been on the rise. She argues that the answer is not to suppress it but to combat it with more, educational speech.
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School Employee May Be Fired For Claiming Gays 'Should Be Killed' On Facebook
Huffington Post - 8 months
Chris Dodds said he hoped the local pride event would end up like the Boston Marathon bombing.
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MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Stepping Down Early
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
The movie industry’s chief lobbyist, Motion Picture Association of America head Chris Dodd, is leaving the organization after about six years on the job, and a year before his contract was to expire.
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Chris Dodd to step down as Hollywood's chief lobbyist
CNN - 10 months
Hollywood will be getting a new chief lobbyist in Washington.
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MPAA President Chris Dodd joins Hollywood chorus against Trump immigration policy
LATimes - about 1 year
Chris Dodd, the former Democratic senator from Connecticut who heads the Motion Picture Assn. of America, has joined the Hollywood chorus of disapproval against President Trump’s recent executive order that temporarily suspends  travel from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and...
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MPAA Praises Obama’s Move to Advance Trans-Pacific Partnership
Yahoo News - over 1 year
MPAA chairman Chris Dodd praised the latest move by the White House to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even as the future of the massive trade pact is clouded by opposition in the presidential race. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump oppose the TPP, an agreement between 11 countries and the United States that essentially creates... Read more »
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United Friends of the Children to Honor Senator Christopher Dodd and Polly Williams at the Brass Ring Awards Dinner on June 6, 2016
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sen. Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. and Polly Williams, former President and CEO of United Friends of the Children, will be honored at United Friends of the Children's 13th Annual Brass Ring Awards Dinner, on June 6 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. United Friends of the Children (UFC) is guided by the vision to change the face of foster care in Los Angeles with a goal that the youth in their housing and education programs not only survive, but thrive.
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Popular movie-streaming site PopcornTime.io is no more. Thanks, courts!
Yahoo News - over 2 years
Popcorn Time, the popular open-source project that beautified the process of stealing  watching first-run movies and TV shows for free, will soon become a bit harder to find if overseas justice systems have their way. Variety reports that a popular derivative of Popcorn Time, popcorntime.io, has been shut down in accordance with court decisions in New Zealand and Canada. The development follows weeks of sporadic popcorntime.io uptime. Staff initially blamed the problem on infrastructure and a domain registrar, but law enforcement now appears to have been the culprit. The shutdown was part of a “coordinated legal action” by the Motion Picture Association of America and several “international affiliates” to take down services perceived as infringing copyright, said MPAA chairman Chris Dodd in a statement. “Popcorn Time … [exists] for one clear reason: to distribute stolen copies of the latest motion picture and television shows without compensating the people who worked so hard to make ...
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The Banking Industry's Transparent Attempt to Weaken the CFPB
Huffington Post - over 2 years
You'll never guess who's going around Washington, trolling the halls of Congress, talking about the importance of protecting the long-term health of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The banking industry. That's right: After years of trying to kill, then delay, and then defang the agency, the banking industry and their Republican friends in Congress have launched a new effort to attract Democratic support for their latest attack by claiming that they just want to help the agency and the consumers it protects. Surely Democrats will not be taken in by yet another attempt to weaken the CFPB. The latest industry-sponsored bill would fundamentally change the structure of the CFPB by replacing the agency's single, independent director with a commission of political appointees. The banks can't point to any difficulties with the agency's operations. In fact, the CFPB has been operating for only four years, but the success of the single-director structure is already appare...
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The Banking Industry's Transparent Attempt to Weaken the CFPB
Huffington Post - over 2 years
You'll never guess who's going around Washington, trolling the halls of Congress, talking about the importance of protecting the long-term health of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The banking industry. That's right: After years of trying to kill, then delay, and then defang the agency, the banking industry and their Republican friends in Congress have launched a new effort to attract Democratic support for their latest attack by claiming that they just want to help the agency and the consumers it protects. Surely Democrats will not be taken in by yet another attempt to weaken the CFPB. The latest industry-sponsored bill would fundamentally change the structure of the CFPB by replacing the agency's single, independent director with a commission of political appointees. The banks can't point to any difficulties with the agency's operations. In fact, the CFPB has been operating for only four years, but the success of the single-director structure is already appare...
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JAZZ MATTERS: Chris Ingham’s weekly jazz round up
Bury Free Press - about 4 years
Chris Ingham gives the lowdown on the best jazz gigs around the region this week – Friday, January 31 to Friday, February 7. Friday, January 31 – SUE RICHARDSON QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) A Chet Baker-oriented set led by the appealing trumpeter/singer Sue Richardson plus special guest Karen Sharp (saxophone) and Neal Richardson (piano), George Trebar (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums). Saturday, February 1 – JAZZ AT THE MOVIES: (Six Bells, Fulbourn, Cambs, 8pm, £9. Tickets 01223 880778) Silver screen ditties given a jazz spin, featuring Jo Eden (vocal), Frank Griffith (tenor/clarinet), Chris Ingham (piano), Dave Olney (bass) and George Double (drums). Sunday, February 2 – CHRIS INGHAM TRIO: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) House pianist at the Hunter Club gets to lead his own trio set of standards and jazz classics, featuring a tune or two from his forthcoming album Hoagy in the company of the Fludyer regulars Rob Palmer (bass) and...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    In 2016, Dodd received the Brass Ring Award from the United Friends of the Children, a Los Angeles charitable organization, in recognition of his work on behalf of children while in the Senate.
  • 2014
    Age 69
    In 2014, Dodd received The Media Institute's Freedom of Speech Award.
  • 2009
    Age 64
    On August 7, 2009, a Senate ethics panel issued its decision on the controversy.
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    On July 31, 2009, Dodd announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer; his aides said that it was at an early, treatable stage and Dodd would undergo surgery during the Senate August recess.
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    In June 2009, Dodd provided a new statement to the Senate reporting the actual value of his Irish property at $658,000.
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    Dodd announced on June 22, 2009, that he supports same-sex marriage.
    In May 2009, Dodd was the author and lead sponsor of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on May 22, 2009.
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    Dodd is credited with inserting the last-minute pay limit into American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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    On March 30, 2009, it was reported that former AIG Financial Products head Joseph Cassano personally solicited contributions from his employees in Connecticut via an e-mail in fall 2006 suggesting that the contributions were related to Dodd's ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate Banking Committee.
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    On May 3, 2009, the Courant reported Dodd's wife served on a number of corporate boards, including the CME Group and could be earning as much as $500,000 annually for her service on said boards.
    Dodd retreated from his original statement that he did not know how the amendment was changed. Dodd was criticized by many in the Connecticut media for the apparent flip-flop. In a March 20, 2009 editorial the New Haven Register called Dodd "a lying weasel" The same day, Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green called on Dodd not to seek re-election in 2010.
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    In February 2009, Kevin Rennie, a columnist at the Hartford Courant, ran an op-ed concerning Dodd's acquisition of his vacation home in Roundstone, Ireland.
  • 2008
    Age 63
    In 2008, Dodd received the Washington Office on Latin America's Human Rights Award.
    He had opposed gay marriage in the 2008 election, but stated that his daughters are growing up in a different generation than his and that his views have evolved over time. Same-sex couples have been able to marry in Connecticut since November 12, 2008, following the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling. In April 2009, the legislature overwhelmingly passed and Governor Jodi Rell signed a bill making all references to marriage in law gender neutral.
    As part of Dodd's overall mortgage bill the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 before Congress in the summer of 2008, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson sought provisions enabling the Treasury to add additional capital and regulatory oversight over these government-sponsored enterprises.
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    Dodd was involved in issues related to the federal takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.
    On June 17, 2008, Dodd met twice with reporters and gave accounts of his mortgages with Countrywide.
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    In his role as chairman of the Senate Banking Committee Dodd proposed a program in June 2008 that would assist troubled sub-prime mortgage lenders such as Countrywide Financial in the wake of the United States housing bubble's collapse.
    Dodd later said he was not interested in running for Vice President or Senate Majority Leader. Dodd endorsed former rival Barack Obama on February 26, 2008.
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    Dodd dropped out of the primary race on the night of the January 3, 2008 Iowa caucuses after placing seventh with almost all precincts reporting, even though he had recently moved from his home state to Iowa for the campaign.
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  • 2007
    Age 62
    However, his prospects did not improve; a November 7, 2007 Gallup poll placed him at 1%.
    On January 19, 2007, Dodd made a formal announcement with supporters at the Old State House in Hartford.
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    On January 11, 2007, Dodd announced his candidacy for the office of President of the United States on the Imus in the Morning show.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    In 2006, Dodd decided to run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, but eventually withdrew after running behind several other competitors.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    Dodd briefly considered running for President in 2004, but ultimately decided against such a campaign and endorsed fellow Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
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  • 2003
    Age 58
    Condé Nast Portfolio reported allegations that in 2003 Dodd had refinanced the mortgages on his homes in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut through Countrywide Financial and had received favorable terms due to being placed in the "Friends of Angelo" VIP program, so named for Countrywide CEO Angelo Mozilo.
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  • 2002
    Age 57
    After Downe's pardon, Dodd bought out the interests of his partner for a price allegedly based on a 2002 bank appraisal of the Roundstone home, which yielded little profit for Dodd's partner.
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  • 1999
    Age 54
    In 1999, Dodd married Jackie Marie Clegg, a native of Orem, Utah, former longtime aide to Senator Jake Garn, Republican of Utah, and former official at the Export-Import Bank of the United States.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 45
    For his work on behalf of children and families, the National Head Start association named him "Senator of the Decade" in 1990.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 35
    Dodd was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980, and was subsequently reelected in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004.
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    He was elected United States Senator in the elections of 1980, and is the longest-serving senator in Connecticut's history.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district and reelected twice, he served from January 4, 1975 to January 3, 1981.
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    He also joined the United States Army Reserve, serving until 1975.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    Dodd returned to Connecticut, winning election in 1974 to the United States House of Representatives from Connecticut's 2nd congressional district and was reelected in 1976 and 1978.
  • 1972
    Age 27
    While there, he became fluent in Spanish. (Later, while in Congress, his support for language study resulted in his being awarded the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Advocacy Award in 1986.) Dodd then pursued his law degree and was awarded his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville in 1972.
  • 1970
    Age 25
    In 1970, Dodd married Susan Mooney; they divorced in 1982.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic from 1966 to 1968.
    Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boys' school in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature from Providence College in 1966.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 14
    Dodd is a Connecticut native and a graduate of Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Providence College. His father, Thomas J. Dodd, was also a United States Senator from 1959 to 1971.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on May 27, 1944.
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