When the MPAA hired former Senator Chris Dodd, I assume that they had meant for him to yield his influence in private. He is currently barred from directly lobbying his former colleagues in the Senate, but he has made several very public statements about the entire SOPA/PIPA debacle, and some that may make this year’s election very interesting.
I linked to CNet’s article on the statement; which he delivered on Fox News. It seems that Dodd is going to ensure that politicians that listened to their constituents on SOPA/PIPA are not going to get any donations from the MPAA come election time. Which pretty much sums up exactly why our campaign finance system is broke, which is a story for another Examiner.
I don’t doubt that Dodd thought that his donations had basically bought this bill, look at the broad bipartisan support it had early on. However, angry constituents wondering why their Congressmen are supporting a bill that blacked out Wikipedia were likely more convincing. I am also convinced that this is just a sign that Internet companies are now far more powerful than Entertainment companies in Washington.
I am not sure that this exact bill isn’t going to come up again, likely with less fanfare. It might even end up buried, as an amendment to some bill Congress won’t turn down. I know that for now that this debate has been shelved. No one wants to go into the election as the anti-Internet candidate. This might be a good sign that at least digital rights are seen as a legitimate issue for an election.