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Chris Dodd Likely Going Hollywood

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    WASHINGTON - MARCH 15: Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT) unveils new financial legislation, on Capitol Hill on March 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. Senator Dodd�s plan will give more oversight to the Federal Reserve and will help prevent another financial crisis. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Christopher Dodd

    Chris Dodd is about to begin his next career after nearly 30 years in Congress.

    This week, the Motion Picture Association of America is expected to name Dodd as its new chairman, reports the New York Times' Media Decoder.

    Barring a last-minute snag, a contract could come as early as this week. 
    Dodd is the front-runner for this position because of his ties to Hollywood and his connections in Washington. 
    He’s friends with Lorne Michaels, the creator of “Saturday Night Live,” had dated actress Carrie Fisher. Among the donors to Dodd's political races have been actor Alec Baldwin and Ron Meyer, the president of Universal Studios.
    Previous chairmen of the M.P.A.A. include Jack Valenti, who held the position for 38 years and Dan Glickman, a former Kansas Congressman. The organization is currently led by, President and Interim CEO, Bob Pisano.
    The Motion Picture Association says, “Its core mission has remained the same, to advance the business and the art of filmmaking and its enjoyment around the world.”