Stories From Washington’s Revolving Door

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Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd, the new Chairman and CEO of The Motion Picture Association of America, takes part in a news conference at CinemaCon 2011 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

In the years since the 2010 midterm elections, many of the legislators in the 111th Congress who retired or were defeated have since found work in the private sector. Of these 119 former senators and representatives, 25 now work for lobbying firms. An additional 18 now work at companies that lobby or are the clients of lobbying firms.

One of those 18 is former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) who is now the CEO and chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America where he coordinates its lobbying efforts — a job which brought him to the forefront of the debate around the Stop Online Piracy Act last winter when he chastised tech companies opposing SOPA.

Another revolving door story from the 111th Congress is that of former Senator and Republican Party Chairman Mel Martinez (R-FL), who resigned mid-term after four years in the senate and became a lobbyist. He now works for JP Morgan, a bank he helped regulate while on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

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