Dodd rails about lobbyists, rakes in their cash

posted at 9:40 am on July 25, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Dodd has pulled out all the stops in order to pull out of a polling free-fall in Connecticut.  Burned by sweetheart mortgages provided to him by Countrywide, one of the more notorious subprime lenders, Dodd now wants people to believe that he’s the Scourge of Lobbyists Everywhere.  Why, Dodd even makes them cry!  Perhaps they get teary-eyed when they see Dodd sucking cash out of their wallets:

“The lobbyists can’t get meetings with Chris,” Dodd’s campaign manager Jay Howser said in a recent e-mail to supporters. “He won’t return their phone calls … Chris just isn’t giving them the time of day.”

The videos even suggest Dodd has been so hard on lobbyists that he’s made them cry.

But the tough talk hasn’t stopped Dodd from raking in tens of thousands of dollars in lobbyist campaign contributions this year. It hasn’t prevented Dodd from letting lobbyists host his fundraising events. Or kept Dodd from schmoozing with lobbyists at places like Martha’s Vineyard, a favorite summer getaway spot for the rich and famous off the Massachusetts coast.

Well, of course not!  Those, you see, are the good lobbyists.  And you know how to tell good lobbyists from the bad ones that Dodd makes cry themselves to sleep?  Why, the good ones are those that sign big checks to Dodd … and give him sweetheart mortgages that help him buy Irish mansions.

How much money has Dodd received from lobbyists?  According to the Center for Responsive Politics, over $400,000 since 2005.  Just this June, powerful lobbyists from the health-care industry tossed tens of thousands of dollars into Dodd’s kitty, as the linked article details.

Dodd is a populist hypocrite of the worst type.  There is nothing wrong with lobbying, assuming it doesn’t slip into outright corruption.  As we have repeatedly pointed out, lobbying Congress is so fundamental to representative democracy that it’s included in the First Amendment right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”  Faux-Populists like Dodd demonize the people who do that in order to assume some grassroots credibility, while lapping up the lobbyist cash they deride.  On top of that, Dodd’s team sends out inane press releases about how Dodd makes lobbyists cry.

If Dodd ever made a lobbyist weep, it was out of sheer joy.  If politicians wanted to seriously reduce the influence of lobbyists, they would start by greatly reducing the amount of money spent in Washington.  Without pork, without federal dollars getting spent, the lobbyists have nothing to demand.  It’s statists like Dodd who keep lobbyists flocking to Capitol Hill by creating more and more opportunities for their clients to feed at the Beltway trough.


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DODD=greasy palm

cmsinaz on July 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Dodd has to be near the top of the heap in terms of pure sliminess; he and his sleazy wife just ooze corruption.

Bishop on July 25, 2009 at 9:49 AM

This message brought to you by Chris Dodd and your friends at AIG.

stuartm650 on July 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Dodd is up for re-election in 2010. Hopefully, he will get his Countrywide behind booted off the Senate. We’re beggin’ Connecticut, to get rid of him.

yoda on July 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

If a jail cell were built and Dodd, Pelosi, Frank, and Reid were the habitants of said cell we would be a better country for it.

Dickie Dunn on July 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Dodd is up for re-election in 2010. Hopefully, he will get his Countrywide behind booted off the Senate. We’re beggin’ Connecticut, to get rid of him.

yoda on July 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Is anyone challeging him>

darwin on July 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

If Dodd represents the brain trust in that state then they had better make the other residents start eating with spoons lest they all stick forks in their eyes.

rplat on July 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

He’s only been in office 30 years.Lets give the guy a chance.

docflash on July 25, 2009 at 9:56 AM

White haired lizzard. No offense to lizards.

bloggless on July 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM

“The lobbyists can’t get meetings with Chris,” Dodd’s campaign manager Jay Howser said in a recent e-mail to supporters. “He won’t return their phone calls … Chris just isn’t giving them the time of day.”

But I bet it’s quite easy to get a meeting with one of his staff.

bloggless on July 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM

That is 100% unadulterated bullshit coming from Dodd!

I personally know at least three banking lobbyists who meet with Dodd anytime they want. They have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for him.

Dodd’s top Banking Committee staffer, Alex Sternhell, left the Hill at the end of last year to become a lobbyist. Here are Sternhell’s clients, as reported to the House:

American Bankers Association
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
International Swaps and Derivatives Association
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLC
Investment Company Institute
American Insurance Association
Travelers Insurance

Now, why would any association or company hire this guy UNLESS he was going to get them in front of Chris Dodd?

rockmom on July 25, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Poster Boy for TERM LIMITS and putting Congress Critters and Senate Scum on same pay/benefit scale as the U.S. military.

They serve no more important a function and are not nearly as honorable

Throw the scum out!

dhunter on July 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Is it possible for some states to kick another state out of the union?

bloggless on July 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Slimeball!

PatMac on July 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

Lie, lie big, lie often….works for Dear Leader.

d1carter on July 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM

This guy personifies sleazy politician. Where else in life do you encounter people who will look you directly in the eye and tell you WHOPPER after WHOPPER lie? Congress is LOADED with them.

marklmail on July 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Time for a waitress sandwich.

Lanceman on July 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

I’m still waiting for Dodd to release ALL the info on his mortgage from Countrywide. After all, Dodd PROMISED he’d do that. Just like John Kerry promised he’d release ALL of his military records. Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

GarandFan on July 25, 2009 at 10:12 AM

I can’t stand this guy.

I listen to some ct talk radio

lee lc

people are so fuming mad over this guy. Ct is a prime target.

blatantblue on July 25, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Dodd just wants to eat his chowder.

the Coondawg on July 25, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Dodd acted stupidly.

Bishop on July 25, 2009 at 10:17 AM

“The lobbyists can’t get meetings with Chris,” Dodd’s campaign manager Jay Howser said in a recent e-mail to supporters. “He won’t return their phone calls … Chris just isn’t giving them the time of day.”

Lobbyist: “Hey Chris, we mailed the check out this morning. Make sure you remember us. Wink. Wink.”

Why would you need a meeting? Why would you have to return a phone call?

fogw on July 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Why would you need a meeting? Why would you have to return a phone call?

fogw on July 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Exactly! I am not against lobbyists. I think it would be a good gig myself and do believe they have an important function.

But Damn man, at least make them earn it. Not just splash ‘n around cash like Johns in a whorehouse where the scumbags flock to them like flies to a dead carcass. All of which, by the way, (whores, Johns, Flies and dead carcasses) would have more class than DoDD.

dhunter on July 25, 2009 at 10:31 AM

fogw on July 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Does fogw stand for fan of george w?

Lanceman on July 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM

The sad thing is that despite what the polls say now, Dodd will be re-elected in a landslide by the voters of Connecticut. I saw both of his potential GOP opponents on Hannity and both are RINO milksops. It’ll be another John Murtha situation. The polls might show Dodd losing but once inside the voting booth, the people of Connecticut will pull the Democratic lever.

Percy_Peabody on July 25, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Dodd is nothing but legalized organized crime and a hypocrite.

MaiDee on July 25, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Liar. Worse than that, he insults the intelligence of his constituents in outrageous fashion.

Like several others have said, lobbying your governmental representatives is not illegal or really immoral but the line is very thin and crossing it…..its something that needs to be watched like a hawk and voters simply must montior the conduct of their elected officials and hold them accountable.

To stand there and lie about it in such ridiculous fashion….really, just one more chapter in the gross corruption of Chris Dodd.

Texas74 on July 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Hold the bastreds accountable via Term Limits and at least make the lobbyists work for their money.

dhunter on July 25, 2009 at 10:57 AM

the ad taken in CONJUNCTION with Dodd going last weekend AS THE AD WAS AIRING to Maaathas Vineyard for a lobbyist get together is the real icing on the cake…
Instapundit reported it…

ginaswo on July 25, 2009 at 10:59 AM

The sad thing is that despite what the polls say now, Dodd will be re-elected in a landslide by the voters of Connecticut. I saw both of his potential GOP opponents on Hannity and both are RINO milksops. It’ll be another John Murtha situation. The polls might show Dodd losing but once inside the voting booth, the people of Connecticut will pull the Democratic lever.

Percy_Peabody on July 25, 2009 at 10:38 AM

I believe Peter Schiff can beat Dodd, because he can appeal to the socially liberal, fiscally sane independents. And there’s plenty for conservatives to like about Schiff.

The big government RINOs need to get out of the way because CT will never give either of them that seat, and if Republicans are stupid enough to nominate one of them over Schiff, the nation be stuck with that crook Dodd for another 6 years.

Rae on July 25, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Does fogw stand for fan of george w?
Lanceman on July 25, 2009 at 10:33 AM

friend of george w.

fogw on July 25, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Step 1:

“My name is Chris, and I’m a corrupt elected official”

crowd: “Hello Chris, welcome to Politicians Anonymous”

BobMbx on July 25, 2009 at 11:12 AM

s anyone challeging him>

Peter Schiff has an exploratory out there.

http://www.schiffforsenate.com/

Zombiehero on July 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM

AS A CT. RESIDENT I E-MAIL DOOD AND HAVENT RECIEVED AN ANSWER IN OVER 4 MONTS MY E-MAIL ASK HIME THE FOLLOWING: HOW DOES IT FEEL KNOWING YOU SERVING YOUR LAST TERM IN THE SENATE?

rone5847 on July 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Dodd is up for re-election in 2010. Hopefully, he will get his Countrywide behind booted off the Senate. We’re beggin’ Connecticut, to get rid of him.

yoda on July 25, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Connecticut is just another one of those greasy “organized crime population” states like NY or NJ. No one in any of those states really gives a damn what happens to this country if there’s a buck in it for themselves.

Jeff from WI on July 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Read Dick Morris’”Catastrophe” on this Assclown. His father was a corrupt politician as well. How Dodd isn’t in jail right now is unbelievable. We don’t need health care reform, we need crooked politician reform, as in TERM LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

adamsmith on July 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Poster Boy for TERM LIMITS and putting Congress Critters and Senate Scum on same pay/benefit scale as the U.S. military.

They serve no more important a function and are not nearly as honorable

Throw the scum out!

dhunter on July 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM

I absolutely could not agree more with your thoughts.

KMC1 on July 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

CT… Dodd will win.

mankai on July 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

NJ is reeking with Democratic corruption at every level…

NJ 2010… Dems will win.
NJ 2012… Obama will win.

The press and the Dems have so thoroughly demonized Republicans (I know a lot of Dems in NJ and PA), that the Dems will just trot a new crew of fresh faces to replace the guys in prison.

Mark Foley does nothing wrong… the press demonizes the entire party… huge losses for the GOP across the nation.

It’s tough when the media is set against you.

mankai on July 25, 2009 at 11:36 AM

CT… Dodd will win.

mankai on July 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I wouldn’t be so sure. Rob Simmons is polling 9 points ahead of Dodd in polls:
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1296.xml?ReleaseID=1353

NathanG on July 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

NathanG on July 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Unless Dodd is behind by 30 points in EVERY poll on the day before the election, he will win. It really doesn’t matter what the polls say today.

Percy_Peabody on July 25, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Unless Dodd is behind by 30 points in EVERY poll on the day before the election, he will win. It really doesn’t matter what the polls say today.

Percy_Peabody on July 25, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Tis true. I believe there’s a good chance he could lose though, but then again we’re talking about New England. These left-wing morons don’t care how corrupt he is, so long as he votes with Obama.

NathanG on July 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM

The Bernie Madoff of the Senate spouts a lot of smoke,,,,, again!

DL13 on July 25, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Wasn’t he the biggest recipient of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac lobby money? And Obama was #2! (And as I recall, John Kerry was #3.) Oh and Dodd stonewalled attempts to fix Fannie/Freddie because the lobbyists were paying him to do so.

Christian Conservative on July 25, 2009 at 1:23 PM

But he’s stately and dignified looking.

whitetop on July 25, 2009 at 1:34 PM

465 days until Election Day 2010.

n0doz on July 25, 2009 at 1:35 PM

I wouldn’t be so sure. Rob Simmons is polling 9 points ahead of Dodd in polls:
http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1296.xml?ReleaseID=1353

NathanG on July 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Schiff is an asterisk at this point, he’ll need to make a big move to be able to take on Dodd and prove he can raise the money to do it. Right now Simmons is the only one leading Dodd in the Q poll, and he’s still leading him well at this point. Caliguiri is behind and did badly in fundraising. Foley is behind though can raise the money but has nothing but an ambassadorship he bought raising funds for GWB to point to for experience. Simmons has proven he can win in a blue state.

jnelchef on July 25, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Schiff is an asterisk at this point, he’ll need to make a big move to be able to take on Dodd and prove he can raise the money to do it. Right now Simmons is the only one leading Dodd in the Q poll, and he’s still leading him well at this point. Caliguiri is behind and did badly in fundraising. Foley is behind though can raise the money but has nothing but an ambassadorship he bought raising funds for GWB to point to for experience. Simmons has proven he can win in a blue state.

jnelchef on July 25, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Too bad Schiff isn’t ahead in the polls. With Simmons we’ll probably get a centrist who likes to spend. Schiff would be perfect; as someone said, he’s socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Perfect in my book.

NathanG on July 25, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Image: A world without Dodd.

daesleeper on July 25, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Is anyone challenging him>
darwin on July 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM
Jeff from WI on July 25, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I just got the phone number for the Connecticut Republican Party and will find out who will be running against “Countrywide” and will make a contribution to his or her campaign to help get the bum out.

yoda on July 25, 2009 at 5:06 PM

darwin on July 25, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Nathan at 11:40 AM had a link and it mentioned that U.S. Representative Rob Simmons may be the Republican candidate to run against “Countrywide”. Simmons will get this Nebraskan’s contribution to get rid of da bum!!!

yoda on July 25, 2009 at 5:27 PM

Look closely at the picture. His eyes have no soul. Bet he has no reflection in the mirror either.

Kissmygrits on July 25, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Dodd has got to go. He’s one of the worst.

Pundette on July 25, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Dodd should be in jail for helping create this financial crisis by pressuring banks to make loans to unacceptable borrowers.

scotash on July 26, 2009 at 12:14 AM

I hope Dodd dies a slow and painful death.

UltimateBob on July 26, 2009 at 6:10 AM

One of the biggest white collar crooks in America yet the people in Conn. send him back each year. Really makes you wonder doesn’t it?

bluegrass on July 26, 2009 at 10:46 AM

CT… Dodd will win.

mankai on July 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Maybe not….

http://www.dumpchrisdodd.com/index.html

diogenes on July 27, 2009 at 8:47 AM