Senator Chris Dodd and corruption

As if Senator Chris Dodd didn't have enough problems. Note the low interest loans that he got from Countrywide Financial:

The Connecticut Senator got favored treatment from the subprime mortgage purveyor, even as he was a power broker on the Banking Committee that regulates the industry. When the news broke, the Senator first denied that he sought or expected preferential treatment. He later admitted that he knew he was considered a VIP at the firm but claimed he thought it was "more of a courtesy." He also promised the Connecticut press that he'd come clean with the documents and details of the loans. But six months later -- nada, zip, nothing. . . .

But unfortunately that is only the beginning. Back on August 29, 2007, the International Association of Fire Fighters endorsed Senator Chris Dodd in his attempt to get the Democratic presidential nomination. Well, apparently Senator Dodd didn't forget and his attempt to repay that support may have hurt American's security against terrorists.

Back in July, Senator Chris Dodd, D-Conn., proposed an amendment reducing aviation security appropriations by $4.5 million in favor of firefighter grants -- a notoriously inneffective program. In fact, the money was specifically "for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems." The amendment was also sponsored by Sen. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sen. Carper, D-Del., but Dodd deserves to be singled out here because the firefighters union is a pet constituency of his. In 2007 he campaigned all through Iowa with the firefighters union. It was one of the few distinguishable features of Dodd's ill-fated presidential bid.
The text of the amendment is below:
(Purpose: To provide additional funds for FIRE grants under section 33 of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974)
On page 77, between lines 16 and 17, insert the following:
SEC. X (a) The amount appropriated under the heading "firefighter assistance grants'' under the heading "Federal Emergency Management Agency'' under by title III for necessary expenses for programs authorized by the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974 is increased by $10,000,000 for necessary expenses to carry out the programs authorized under section 33 of that Act (15 U.S.C. 2229).
(b) The total amount of appropriations under the heading "Aviation Security'' under the heading "Transportation Security Administration'' under title II, the amount for screening operations and the amount for explosives detection systems under the first proviso under that heading, and the amount for the purchase and installation of explosives detection systems under the second proviso under that heading are reduced by $4,500,000.
(c) From the unobligated balances of amounts appropriated before the date of enactment of this Act for the appropriations account under the heading "state and local programs'' under the heading "Federal Emergency Management Agency'' for "Trucking Industry Security Grants'', $5,500,000 are rescinded.

This seems like yet another reason why the conference committee that will put together the House and Senate versions of the health care takeover should do its work in the open.

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Blogger Unknown said...

Christopher Dodd sets a poor example as a representative of the electorate in a Representative Republic. It is not a failed system, though Senator Dodd has failed the system, the voters of Connecticut, and the nation.

Term limits may be the answer to problem politicians like Dodd and others. Unfortunately the big three networks - ABC, CBS, and NBC - along with most large-city newspapers are corrupt and therefore meaningless when it comes to educating Americans. We can't depend on them to expose us to the details, to question the sound-bites, and to inform us without having a bias or political agenda. Wasn't it that fellow William Something-or-other who wrote "Woodward and Bernstein are dead?"

12/30/2009 6:58 AM  

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