Chris Dodd is returning $103,000 paid him by A.I.G. during his “campaign” for president. Which is interesting – why would anyone give Dodd money to conduct what was an obviously futile run for the presidency? Even if Dodd, egotist that he is, believed in himself, no sane person gave him a rat’s ass of a chance to beat anyone, and he didn’t – he came in last in the few states he bothered to contest. But would a financial services firm contribute to the Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee? They would, and they did, by the millions. The possibility of such generosity surely didn’t escape Dodd when he was deciding whether to run. But if it was proper for Dodd to extort money from the industry he oversees as Chairman, why is it improper to keep that money now? The man from the Nutmeg state won’t say.
I’ll give the crook this much: once bought, he stays bought, as his AIG Dodd amendment proved. Boss Tweed would have liked him.