Sunday, January 22, 2012

There's a Petition the White House

Halfway to the goal of 25,000 signatures:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation.
Recently on FOX News former Senator Chris Dodd said (as quoted on news site TechDirt), "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. 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," This is an open admission of bribery and a threat designed to provoke a specific policy goal. This is a brazen flouting of the "above the law" status people of Dodd's position and wealth enjoy.

We demand justice. Investigate this blatant bribery and indict every person, especially government officials and lawmakers, who is involved.
This would be better conceived if it included a definition of bribery and link to the statute/rule that's allegedly been violated. Otherwise, it's just name-calling. Via.

3 comments:

  1. Well, I you're going to specifically pass that judgement, help the conversation move outward and investigate the rule yourself, post if you find nothing or contrast the issue. 

    I'll help you out with the legal definition of bribery:
    http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/_/dict.aspx?word=bribery

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  2. I think they mean "Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admitted to bribing politicians to pass legislation." NOT "Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation."

    (the misspelled two words in there)

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  3. I wouldn't trust an online dictionary for legal advice. If you follow its definition, the petition itself could be considered bribery, as it is soliciting signatures to cause undue influence on the Obama administration: the 25K signatures are supposed to hold some value which will, theoretically, sway Obama's opinion.

    If you're going to accuse someone of breaking the law, you should at least name the law they're breaking.

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