Dodd-led Hollywood lobby sponsors conservative summit

Who says former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd doesn’t have acting range?

Widely identified with the Hollywood left, the Motion Picture Association of America under the leadership of the Connecticut Democrat is a supporting sponsor of the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)  in Washington, D.C.

That’s not a misprint.

The annual summit, which where presidential wannabes go to burnish their conservative credentials, gets underway tomorrow and runs through Saturday.

It’s hardly fertile ground for Hollywood types. Yet the iconic film reel logo of the MPAA appears on the CPAC website. There are five sponsoring levels for the event, starting at $25,000 for a supporting sponsor and going up to $250,000 for a platinum sponsor. The National Rifle Association gave $110,000 to be a presenting sponsor.

Dodd, of course, needn’t be reminded that Hollywood’s highest grossing film of the season, “American Sniper,” is directed by a conservative, Clint Eastwood.

The blockbuster took home just 1 Oscar on Sunday, but Dodd and the MPAA have 300 million reasons to give conservatives their 15 minutes.






Neil Vigdor