White House Petition Calls for Bribery Investigation of MPAA Chief

Ryan Whitwam

In the wake of the near miss that was SOPA/PIPA, the forces of the Internet are looking to exact some revenge, to go on the attack if you will. MPAA President and former Senator Chris Dodd presented an inviting target recently when he said on Fox News that the entertainment industry’s campaign contributions to politicians would be tied to their support of anti-piracy legislation. The result is a White House petition calling for a bribery investigation, and an Internet heavyweight calling for Dodd to be fired.

"Those who count on quote 'Hollywood' for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who's going to stand up for them when their job is at stake,” Dodd said, “Don't ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don't pay any attention to me when my job is at stake.” The White House’s petition system allows citizens to post concerns that can be signed onto by other individuals. If a petition reaches 25,000 signatories, as this one has, the White House will respond. The petition asking for Dodd to be investigated calls his statements an “open admission of bribery.”

Also piling on is Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who is was an ardent critic of SOPA and PIPA. Wales criticized Dodd’s Fox News statements and said the MPAA should fire the former Senator. He went on to express hope that the entertainment industry might come to the negotiating table with a little more humility next time.

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