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Christopher Dodd


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 5, 1981
Serving with Joe Lieberman
Preceded by Abraham A. Ribicoff
Succeeded by Incumbent (2011)

Born May 27, 1944 (1944-05-27) (age 63)
Flag of ConnecticutWillimantic, Connecticut
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse Jackie Marie Clegg
Religion Roman Catholic
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Christopher John Dodd (born May 27, 1944) is an American lawyer and politician from Willimantic, Connecticut. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Image File history File links Current_event_marker. ... This article is about the political process. ... Image File history File links Vote. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1105x1400, 164 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Christopher Dodd ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... For the ecclesiastical office, see Incumbent (ecclesiastical). ... is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Joseph Isadore Joe Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is an American politician from Connecticut. ... Abraham Alexander Ribicoff (April 9, 1910 – February 22, 1998) was an American Democratic Party politician. ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Connecticut. ... Willimantics town hall sports a Victorian-era clock tower. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... For the fish called lawyer, see Burbot. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A politician is an individual who is a formally recognized and active member of a government, or a person who influences the way a society is governed through an understanding of political power and group dynamics. ... Willimantics town hall sports a Victorian-era clock tower. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


Dodd served as a U.S. Representative from Connecticut from 1975 until 1981, when he became a U.S. Senator. He is now the state's senior Senator. He currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Senior Senator and Junior Senator are terms commonly used in the media to describe U.S. Senators. ... The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs has jurisdiction over matters related to banks and banking, price controls, deposit insurance, export promotion and controls, federal monetary policy, financial aid to commerce and industry, issuance of redemption of notes, currency and coinage, public and private housing, urban...


He is a candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Look up Candidate in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Presidential electoral votes by state The U.S. presidential election of 2008 is scheduled to occur on November 4, 2008. ...

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Early life, career, and family

Dodd was born in Willimantic, Connecticut. His parents, Grace Mary Murphy and Senator Thomas Joseph Dodd were Irish-Americans; all eight of his great-grandparents were born in Ireland.[1] Willimantics town hall sports a Victorian-era clock tower. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... Thomas Joseph Dodd (May 15, 1907-May 24, 1971) was a United States Senator and Representative from Connecticut. ... Irish Americans (Irish: Gael-Mheiriceánach) are citizens of the United States who can claim ancestry originating in the west European nation of Ireland. ...


Dodd attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Jesuit boys school in Bethesda, Maryland. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Providence College in 1966. Boland Hall of the Georgetown Preparatory School Georgetown Preparatory School is an independent, Jesuit college-preparatory school for young men in grades 9 through 12. ... The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... Bethesda is an urbanized, but unincorporated, area in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a church located there, the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, built in 1820 and rebuilt in 1850, which in turn took its name from Jerusalems Pool of Bethesda. ... A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three, four, or in some cases and countries, five or six years. ... The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American, Salman Rushdie is Indian, V.S... Providence College is a Catholic college in Providence, Rhode Island, the states capital city. ...


Dodd served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small rural town in the Dominican Republic until 1968. Dodd then joined the U.S. Army Reserve, and served until 1975. It has been suggested that Crisis corps be merged into this article or section. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


In 1972, Dodd earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Louisville, where he served as vice president of the law school's student body. The following year, he was admitted to the Connecticut bar, and began practicing law in New London. Doctor of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence, or Juris Doctor (abbreviated J.D. or JD, from the Latin, Teacher of Law) is a professional degree in law offered by universities in a number of countries. ... The University of Louisville (also known as U of L) is a public, state-supported university located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. ... In the United States, admission to the bar is permission granted by a particular court system to a lawyer to practice law in that system. ... Nickname: Motto: MARE LIBERUM Coordinates: , NECTA Norwich-New London Region Southeastern Connecticut Settled 1646 (Pequot Plantation) Named 1658 (New London) Incorporated (city) 1784 Government  - Type Council-manager  - City council Margaret Mary Curtin, Mayor Kevin J. Cavanagh, Dep. ...


In July 1970, he married Susan Mooney. They divorced in October, 1982. After the divorce to Susan Mooney he set himself up as one of Washington's most eligible bachelors. During this time he dated Bianca Jagger and Carrie Fisher[2]. In 1999, he married his second wife, Jackie Marie Clegg, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held high posts at the Export-Import Bank of the United States and currently is a director of the Blockbuster video chain. [3]. The couple have two daughters, Grace (born September, 2001) and Christina Dodd (born May, 2005). Bianca Jagger at the Dropping Knowledge projects Table of Free Voices in Berlin, September 2006 Bianca Jagger (born Bianca Pérez Morena de Macías on May 2, 1950, in Managua, Nicaragua) is a social and human rights advocate. ... Carrie Frances Fisher (born October 21, 1956) is an American actress, screenwriter and novelist. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank, Exim Bank or Eximbank) is the official export credit agency of the United States Government. ...


Dodd lives in East Haddam when Congress is not in session. East Haddam is a town located in Middlesex County, Connecticut. ... Type Bicameral Houses Senate House of Representatives President of the Senate President pro tempore Dick Cheney, (R) since January 20, 2001 Robert C. Byrd, (D) since January 4, 2007 Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Members 535 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political...


He is fluent in Spanish, and is a Latin Rite Catholic. The Latin Rite is one of the 23 sui iuris particular Churches within the Catholic Church. ...


He is the godfather of actress/singer Christy Carlson Romano, who once interned in his office. His brother, Thomas J. Dodd Jr., is an emeritus professor of the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, and served as the U.S. ambassador to Uruguay and Costa Rica under president Bill Clinton. Christy Carlson Romano (born Christy Michelle Romano[1] on March 20, 1984) is an American actress and singer. ... Georgetown University is an elite private research university located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ...


U.S. House of Representatives

Dodd was part of the "Watergate class of '74" which David Gergen credited with bringing "a fresh burst of liberal energy to the Capitol."[4] Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut's second congressional district, and reelected twice, he served from January 4, 1975 to January 3, 1981. During his tenure in the U.S. House, he served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations. The term Watergate Babies refers to the Democrats elected to the United States Congress in 1974 following president Richard Nixons resignation over the Watergate scandal. ... David Richmond Gergen (born May 9, 1942) was a political consultant and presidential advisor during the Republican administrations of Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. ... United States Capitol The United States Capitol is the building which serves as home for the legislative branch of the United States government. ... The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the Senate. ... A congressional district is an electoral constituency that elects a single member of a congress. ... is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations was established in 1976 to investigate the John F. Kennedy assassination and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ...


U.S. Senator

An earlier Congressional portrait
An earlier Congressional portrait

Dodd was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 1980 election and was subsequently reelected in the 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004 elections. He is the first Senator from Connecticut to serve five consecutive terms. From 1995 to 1997, he served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As General Chairman, Dodd was the DNC's spokesman. Donald Fowler served as National Chairman, running the party's day to day operations. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x1155, 428 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Christopher Dodd ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x1155, 428 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Christopher Dodd ... Results -- Republican holds in light red, pickups in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue, pickups in dark blue The U.S. Senate election, 1980 was an election for the United States Senate that coincided with Ronald W. Reagans election to the presidency. ... Results -- Republican holds in light red, pickups in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue, pickups in dark blue The U.S. Senate election, 1986 was an election for the United States Senate in the middle of Ronald Reagans second presidential term. ... Results -- Republican holds in light red, pickups in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue, pickups in dark blue The U.S. Senate election, 1992 was an election for the United States Senate in which the victory of Bill Clinton in the presidential election was not accompanied by major Democratic... Results -- Republican holds in light red, pickups in dark red, Democratic holds in light blue, pickups in dark blue The U.S. Senate election, 1998 was a roughly even contest between the Republican and Democratic parties. ... Results -- light red represents Republican holds, dark red Republican pickups, light blue Democratic holds, dark blue Democratic pickups. ... Former Vermont Governor Dr. Howard Dean is the current Chairman of the DNC. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is the principal campaign and fund-raising organization affiliated with the United States Democratic Party. ... Donald L. Fowler served as national chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1995 to 1997. ...


Dodd briefly considered running for President in 2004, but ultimately decided against such a campaign. He was also considered a possible candidate for replacing Tom Daschle as Senate Minority Leader in 109th Congress, but he declined, and that position was instead filled by Harry Reid. Currently he is seeking the Democratic party's nomination for president in 2008. Thomas Andrew Daschle (born December 9, 1947) is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. ... Harry Mason Reid (born December 2, 1939) is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party. ...


Senator Dodd has announced in a letter to the Federal Election Commission that he is no longer a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2010. [5] The Federal Election Commission (or FEC) is an independent regulatory agency created in 1975 by the United States Congress to administer and enforce campaign finance legislation in the United States. ...


Bills and issue positions

Main article: Political positions of Christopher Dodd

Senator Dodd's issue positions are generally ranked left of center. His rankings from Americans for Democratic Action have been 95% and above since 2000.[6] Similarly, Dodd receives low ratings from conservative groups, such as the John Birch Society, the American Conservative Union, and the Christian Coalition of America.[7] Americans For Democratic Action (ADA) was formed in January 1947, when Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Reinhold Niebuhr, Hubert Humphrey and 200 other activists. ... The John Birch Society is a conservative American exceptionalist organization founded in 1958 to fight what it saw as growing threats to the Constitution of the United States, especially a suspected communist infiltration of the United States government, and to support free enterprise. ... The American Conservative Union (ACU) is a large conservative political lobbying group in the United States. ... This article is about the organization presently operating in the United States. ...


Foreign policy

Senator Dodd with Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont at the Department of Defense.
Senator Dodd with Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont at the Department of Defense.

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The Iraq War

Dodd voted in favor of the Iraq War Resolution in 2002 but has since become an opponent of the war.[8] Dodd has said the Iraq War has been waged “for all the wrong reasons” and that it is eroding both the nation's security and its moral leadership.[9] Iraq Resolution and Iraq War Resolution are popular names for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public law 107-243, 116 Stat. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... For the NBC TV Movie starring Tom Skeritt, see Homeland Security (film). ...


Dodd has criticized his congressional colleagues for failing to be more forceful in challenging President Bush's Iraq War troop surge of 2007. "This was debating about debating. This was the House and the Senate at some of its worst. ... I think we missed an opportunity to put our foot down and stop [the surge]."[10] “The New Way Forward” redirects here. ...


In May 2007, he voted in the Senate against continued funding for the Iraq war.[9]


He was the only 2008 presidential candidate to co-sponsor the Democrats' most aggressive anti-war bill.[9] The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled to be held on November 4, 2008, will be the 55th consecutive quadrennial election for president and vice president of the United States. ...


Free Trade

Dodd voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and says that such agreements have "...brought increased cooperation and communication. They have been positive forces that promote political and economic stability, as well as growth and democracy.[11]" In the same article he continues, "successful efforts to achieve a Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), and eventually in 2005, a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), will help further these goals. As well, the United States stands to benefit along with our neighbors from increased trade relations throughout the hemisphere." Secretariats Mexico City, Ottawa and Washington, D.C. Official languages English, French and Spanish Membership Canada, Mexico and the United States Establishment  -  Formation 1 January 1994  Website http://www. ... The Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is a free trade agreement between the United States and the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and Canada, and Mexico. ... This article or section needs to be updated. ...


Latin American relations

Senator Dodd is considered left of center with respect to Latin America. His record especially with regard to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and the Farabundo Martí rebels in El Salvador has led to conflict with Republican administrations. He is highly critical of the United States embargo against Cuba. He favors more lenient U.S. immigration laws. In January 2005, he met with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in an effort to mend the strained relations between the two countries. Dodd stressed the need for closer ties, both economically and in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking. On that occasion, he said that Chávez has “demonstrated he was Venezuela’s legitimate democratically elected president by winning a national referendum (on August 15, 2004)…We know there have been problems between the two countries, but today is a new year and we are here to find out if we can begin a new relationship,” adding, “It is not worthwhile to continue speaking of what is in the past. I hope we can overcome this.” Sandinista! is also the name of a popular music album by The Clash. ... Agustín Farabundo Martí was a Salvadoran revolutionary. ... Billboards carrying messages attacking the United States government (this one compares it with fascism) can be seen all over Cuba. ... There have been a number of Immigration Acts in the United States. ... Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías(IPA: ) (born July 28, 1954) is the current President of Venezuela. ... | combatant1=Participants in operations  United States  United Kingdom  Israel  Canada  Australia  Poland  Iraq  Afghanistan  India  Pakistan  Philippines  Somalia  Ethiopia  Lebanon Fatah Algeria et al. ... Massive mark-ups for drugs, [http://www. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Domestic policy

Civil liberties

Senator Dodd supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union between 60 and 80% of the time from 2000 to 2006.[12] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a major American non-profit organization whose stated mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.[1] It works through litigation, legislation, and community...


In 2004, he introduced a bill to enact a Federal Shield law.[13] Shield laws are laws to protect a reporters right to keep their source confidential. ...


Dodd, along with Senators Patrick Leahy, Russ Feingold, and Robert Menendez introduced the "Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007", which he claims "restores Habeas Corpus rights, bars evidence gained through torture or coercion and reinstates U.S. adherence to the Geneva Conventions in order to protect the nation’s military personnel abroad." The bill is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, The Center for Victims of Torture, Open Society Institute, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International.[14] Patrick Joseph Leahy (born March 31, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Vermont. ... Russell Dana Russ Feingold (born March 2, 1953) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Wisconsin. ... Robert Bob Menendez (born January 1, 1954) is a Democratic junior Senator from New Jersey. ... In common law countries, habeas corpus () (Latin: [We command that] you have the body) is the name of a legal action, or writ, through which a person can seek relief from unlawful detention of themselves or another person. ... Original document. ... The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a major American non-profit organization whose stated mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.[1] It works through litigation, legislation, and community... Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a pressure group that promotes human rights. ... Human Rights Watch Banner Human Rights Watch is a United States-based international non-government organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. ... Human Rights First is a U.S. based association formerly known as Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. ...


Environmental issues

Senator Dodd supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters between 80 and 100% of the time from 1999 to 2006.[15] Dodd has proposed a carbon tax on corporations as a measure to reduced carbon dioxide emissions and reduce global warming.[16] The League of Conservation Voters is an American environmentalist lobby. ... A carbon tax is a tax on energy sources which emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. ... This is a list of countries by carbon dioxide emissions. ... Global mean surface temperatures 1850 to 2006 Mean surface temperature anomalies during the period 1995 to 2004 with respect to the average temperatures from 1940 to 1980 Global warming is the observed increase in the average temperature of the Earths atmosphere and oceans in recent decades and the projected...


National Service

Dodd proposes mandatory community service for all high school students. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Dominican Republic, Dodd also proposes doubling the size of the Peace Corps to 15,000 volunteers by 2011 and expanding AmeriCorps to 1 million participants. Dodd says his goal is to see 40 million people volunteering in some form by 2020.[17], [18]


Children's issues

Senator Dodd is perhaps best known for bringing attention to children’s issues. He formed the first children’s caucus in the Senate and spent almost a decade fighting to enact the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (Public Law 103-3, enacted February 5, 1993) was one of the first major new laws enacted by United States President Bill Clinton in his first term, fulfilling a campaign promise. ...


He also authored legislation aimed at providing better access to safe and affordable child care.[19] Dodd has received a 100% rating from the Children's Defense Fund each year since 2000.[20] The Childrens Defense Fund is a child advocacy group. ...


Gun control

Dodd was one of 16 senators who voted against the Vitter Amendment to prohibit federal funding of the confiscation of legally owned firearms during a disaster. The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 is a United States Federal law that prohibits funding from the Department of Homeland Security to be put towards the confiscation of legally possessed firearms during a disaster. ...


Health care

As a senior member of the Senate committee responsible for health care, Chris Dodd has been a voice for innovation in patient care. He was instrumental in extending health insurance to 5 to 7 million of the nation’s uninsured children and has consistently fought to support community health centers and initiatives aimed at child nutrition, maternal and child health, and infant mortality prevention. He successfully led the effort to modernize the Food and Drug Administration approval process for drugs and medical devices, getting innovative therapies to patients more quickly without compromising safety and effectiveness. He authored critically important legislation to protect the mentally ill from abusive and deadly restraint and seclusion practices in mental hospitals. He continues to push for a patient’s bill of rights, which would give Americans basic assurances in their health care services and a greater right to choose their health care provider. And he is working to enact new legislation to ensure that the medicines taken by consumers are safe and effective.[21] Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Shortcut: WP:NPOV Wikipedia policy is that all articles should be written from a neutral point of view. ...


Marijuana Decriminalization

During the HuffPo/Yahoo!/Slate Candidate Mashup (September 2007), Senator Dodd responded to a surprise question regarding the legalization of marijuana. He stated "We're cluttering up our prisons, frankly, when we draw distinctions" between alcohol and marijuana, Dodd said. "So I would decriminalize, or certainly advocate as president, the decriminalization of statutes that would incarcerate or severely penalize people for using marijuana." [22] But Dodd does not support full legalization of marijuana. "I want to be careful, and I know there are a lot of people across the political spectrum who would just totally legalize [Marijuana]," he clarified. "I don't go that far." Logo of Huffington Post The Huffington Post (often referred to on the Internet as HuffPo or HuffPost) is a politically liberal online news website and aggregated weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer, featuring hyperlinks to various news sources and columnists. ... “Yahoo” redirects here. ... Slate is an online news and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley and owned by Microsoft (as part of MSN). ... Decriminalization of marijuana in the United States began in the 1970s and several jurisdictions have subsequently decriminalized marijuana (also referred to as cannabis) for non-medical purposes, as views on marijuana have liberalized, peaking in 1978. ...


Tort reform

Dodd has been a long time supporter of tort reform measures. Tort reform is the phrase used by its advocates who claim it is a change in the legal system to reduce litigations alleged adverse effects on the economy. ...


Criticism

The Center for Public Integrity has criticized Dodd for "being the leading advocate in the Senate on behalf of the accounting industry."[23] The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to producing investigative reporting on public officials, government policy and its effects[1]. // Located in Washington, DC, USA, the Center for Public Integrity produces reports aimed to provide transparent and insightful reporting. ... It has been suggested that Accounting scholarship be merged into this article or section. ...


Golden Leash Award

The Golden Leash Award was presented to Dodd by Public Campaign, April 29, 1998: Public Campaign[1] is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of big special interest money in American politics. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...

"The Golden Leash is a symbol of the ties between special interest money and elected officials. It is awarded to Members of Congress who demonstrate egregious conduct in the quid pro quo practice of dollar democracy.
"This award serves as a reminder of Senator Dodd's acceptance of $910,304 in campaign cash from January 1993 to December 1997 from the Securities, Investment, Accounting and High-Tech Computer industries... Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley, Salomon Brothers and others donat[ed] $523,551 in PAC and individual contributions. The accounting industry — perhaps the biggest winners in the 1995 securities litigation reform law — donated $345,903 in PAC and individual contributions. This includes such giants as Price Waterhouse, Ernst & Young and Coopers & Lybrand, among others. Deloitte & Touche's contributions to Senator Dodd increased nearly five-fold from 1995 to 1996 soon after Congress passed the reform law the industry championed. The computer industry — a fairly new player in the campaign contribution field — ponied up $40,850 in contributions."

Public Campaign's report cites the following examples: Dodd was an original cosponsor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and he helped to organize the Senate's override of President Clinton's veto. The National Securities Market Improvement Act, which ultimately weakened oversight that would have protected investors. Dodd lined up as a cosponsor of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, an extension of the earlier securities litigation legislation. The bill was strongly supported by The Uniform Standards Coalition, an ad-hoc group of securities, accounting and high-tech computer firms. Quid pro quo (Latin for something for something [1]) indicates a more-or-less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services. ... The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ... Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is an investment bank and retail broker provider headquartered in New York City. ... This article deals with Salomon Brothers. ... ... Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, and one of the Big Four auditors, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) and KPMG. Ernst & Young is a global organization consisting of many member firms. ... Coopers & Lybrand was an accounting firm which merged in 1998 with Price Waterhouse to form PricewaterhouseCoopers. ... Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is one of the Big Four auditors. ... The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) implemented several significant substantive changes affecting certain cases brought under the federal securities laws, including changes related to pleading, discovery, liability, class representation and awards fees and expenses. ...


Campaign contributions from Enron and Arthur Andersen

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While many candidates of both parties have received campaign contributions from Enron and its self-serving 'independent auditor' Arthur Andersen, very few have passionately fought their cause in Washington as diligently as Chris Dodd. Dodd has received more money from Arthur Andersen than any other Democrat — $54 843.00 — and has aggressively worked to insulate Arthur Andersen and other accounting firms from liability to defrauded investors in cases like Enron.[24] Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation (formerly Enron Corporation) (former NYSE ticker symbol: ENE) was an American energy company based in Houston, Texas. ... For the U.S. Supreme Court case commonly known as Arthur Andersen, see Arthur Andersen LLP v. ...

And in February 2003, Morris wrote:

Dodd protested my [previous] accusations in a letter to the New York Post saying "Dick Morris mistakenly contends that legislation cosponsored by Sen. Christopher Dodd is somehow responsible for the Enron fiasco.
But all independent observers seem to disagree with Dodd. The Washington Post editorialized two weeks ago that "Sen. Chris Dodd, who now proposes reformist legislation, led a battle in 1995 to limit auditor's liability." The Post said that "all the players in this scandal — Enron's managers, its auditors, the lawmakers — helped to create the conditions for Enron's collapse.[25]

2008 presidential campaign

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In April 2006, Dodd told the Associated Press he was considering running for president in 2008, saying, "it's an itch. Could grow, could disappear." On May 22, 2006 he told the Hartford Courant he had met with key backers, including congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and was assembling a team to prepare for the 2008 presidential campaign. In June of 2006, he held his first major Presidential fundraiser, stunning many beltway commentators by raising over $1 million in one night.[26] Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... April 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Marcos Pontes, Brazils first astronaut, reaches the International Space Station. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hartford Courant is Connecticuts largest daily newspaper, and the only morning newspaper for most of the state north of New Haven and east of Waterbury. ... Rosa DeLauro Rosa L. DeLauro (born March 2, 1943), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the 3rd District of Connecticut (map). ... While it is rare for candidates for President of the United States to officially declare their candidacy prior to late in the year preceding the presidential election (in this case, 2007), some potential Democratic candidates have expressed their interest in running in the 2008 presidential election and are listed below. ...


Dodd also attended a Florida state Democratic convention in July 2006, which the Hartford Courant newspaper termed a first step in garnering support.[27]


On December 22, 2006, Dodd hired former John Kerry campaign manager Jim Jordan to help him decide whether or not he should seek the presidency in 2008. Even though Jordan was fired in November of 2003 following Kerry's lagging campaign, he is still a sought-after consultant to potential Democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential election.[28] On January 11, 2007, Dodd announced his Presidential candidacy on the "Don Imus in the Morning" radio show. The head of the New Hampshire Democratic party said Dodd told her that he wasn't "going to do the exploratory thing, I'm going to plunge right in."[29] December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... There have been a number of notable people named Jim Jordan: Jim Jordan, John Kerrys first campaign manager Jim Jordan, a Canadian Member of Parliament Jim Jordan (actor), an actor This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same... ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... John Donald Don Imus, Jr. ...


On January 19, 2007, Dodd made a formal announcement with Connecticut supporters at the Old State House in Hartford. January 19 is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Old State House, Hartford, Connecticut. ...


On March 12, 2007, Dodd appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning American satirical television program produced by and airing on Comedy Central. ... Not to be confused with John Stewart or John Stuart. ...


Dodd has included his iPod as part of his campaign, allowing visitors to his website to choose his playlist. [30] iPod is a brand of portable media player designed and marketed by Apple and launched in October 2001. ...


On August 26, 2007, a spokeswoman for Dodd said someone had broken into his Hartford, CT office the previous night. is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


On August 28, 2007, it was announced that Chris Dodd would receive the coveted[citation needed] endorsement of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The IAFF is the largest Fire Fighters Union in the United States of America. is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Electoral history

2004 Connecticut United States Senatorial Election

Christopher Dodd (D) (inc.) 66%
Jack Orchulli (R) 32%
Timothy Knibbs (Constitution) 1%
Lenny Rasch (Lib.) 1%

1998 Connecticut United States Senatorial Election Jack Orchulli was a fashion executive, and the Republican candidate for Connecticut, for the U.S. Senate election, 2004. ...

Christopher Dodd (D) (inc.) 68%
Gary Franks (R) 32%

1992 Connecticut United States Senatorial Election Gary A. Franks (b. ...

Christopher Dodd (D) (inc.) 58.8%
Brook Johnson (R) 38.1%

1986 Connecticut United States Senatorial Election

Christopher Dodd (D) (inc.) 64.8%
Roger W. Eddy (R) 35.2%

1980 Connecticut United States Senatorial Election

Christopher Dodd (D) 56.3%
James L. Buckley (R) 42.9%

James Buckley James Lane Buckley (born March 9, 1923 in New York City) was a United States Senator from the Conservative Party of New York State from January 3, 1971 to January 3, 1977. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Battle, Robert. The Ancestors of Chris Dodd.
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  3. ^ Template:Http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Jackie Marie Clegg
  4. ^ Gergen, David. Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership from Nixon to Clinton. Simon and Schuster, 119. ISBN 074321949X. 
  5. ^ Sen. Dodd Not To Run for Re-Election In 2010, Uses PAC to Buy NH and IA Voter Files. cqpolitics.com. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.
  6. ^ Chris Dodd, Liberal Rankings at Project Vote Smart. vote-smart.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  7. ^ Chris Dodd, Conservative Rankings at Project Vote Smart. vote-smart.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  8. ^ U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes for H.J.Res. 114
  9. ^ a b c Sen. Dodd Calls For End To Iraq War. Associated Press (2007-05-26).
  10. ^ Sen. Chris Dodd: House and Senate at Its Worst.. Associated Press. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.
  11. ^ Senator Christopher J. Dodd On The Future of Economic Relations in the Western Hemisphere. dodd.senate.gov. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  12. ^ Chris Dodd, Civil Liberties at Project Vote Smart. vote-smart.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  13. ^ Thomas, Helen (2006). Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public. Simon and Schuster, 108. ISBN 0743267818. 
  14. ^ Dodd: Restoring Habeas Corpus Rights, Banning Torture, Upholding Geneva Conventions Must Happen Now. dodd.senate.gov. Retrieved on February 26, 2007.
  15. ^ Chris Dodd, Environmental Issues at Project Vote Smart. vote-smart.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  16. ^ Chris Dodd Campaign (2007-05-11). Chris Dodd: Dodd Touts Energy Plan At Biodiesel Plant, Kitchen Tables In Southeast Iowa. Retrieved on 2007-05-29.
  17. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6731171,00.html
  18. ^ Moon, Freda. Sen. Chris Dodd's Quixotic Quest for the Presidency..
  19. ^ Official Senate Biograhy. dodd.senate.gov. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.
  20. ^ Family and Children Interest Group Ratings. vote-smart.org. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  21. ^ Official Senate Biograhy. dodd.senate.gov. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.
  22. ^ Dodd Would Decriminalize Pot. Huffington Post. Retrieved on September 15, 2007.
  23. ^ Morris, Dick (2004). Off with Their Heads: Traitors, Crooks, and Obstructionists in American Politics, Media, and Business. HarperCollins, 205. ISBN 0060595507. 
  24. ^ The odd couple: Chris Dodd and Arthur Andersen. jewishworldreview.com. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  25. ^ Dodd scurries for cover. jewishworldreview.com. Retrieved on February 25, 2007.
  26. ^ Dodd Raises $1 Million For Possible Run At The Oval Office. allheadlinenews.com. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.
  27. ^ Unknown. courant.com.
  28. ^ Unknown. courant.com.
  29. ^ Dodd: Iowa, N.H. may level 2008 field. ap.org. Retrieved on February 21, 2007.
  30. ^ DoddPod. Chris Dodd for President official website. Retrieved on 2007-04-03.

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