Senator Chris Dodd asked AIG executives for campaign contributions (full text of Cassano email)


Chris Dodd is going to have some explaining to do.  If you want to choose one person to blame the entire financial crisis on, then you would be an idiot.  But if you want to do it anyway, then choose Joseph Cassano, the douchebag AIG Financial Products chief executive that pushed the credit defaults swaps market right off a fucking cliff.   It seems Cassano left some pretty damning emails around after his firing from the insurance giant.  Emails that could ruin Senator Chris Dodd’s (D-CT) political career.

Chris Dodd could be fucked.

Chris Dodd could be fucked.

Dodd apparently reached out for political contributions from AIG executives during his 2008 presidential campaign.  The email from Cassano appears to show that Dodd asked AIG executives and their spouses to donate the maximum $2,100 to his campaign.  Beside from being a presidential candidate, the email also shows that Cassano was interested in Dodd’s position as the next chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee.

Previously it was known that Cassano donated to the Dodd campaign.  However, the email appears to show that Dodd was the one that instigated the donations.  It should also be noted that Cassano contributed to the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Let’s wait for some sort of confirmation before we believe everything the Washington Times writes.  But the story and the alleged email look to be authentic.  You can view it for yourself here.

The email doesn’t use catch phrases like “he’ll be a team player” or anything similar, but it implies it.  This might be too strong of a tactic to use against Dodd if they are looking to put a Republican in his seat in 2010.   I should clarify.  Dodd is not running for re-election, but damage to the Democratic party in Connecticut could transfer to the new Democratic candidate.   We’ll see where this crazy train takes us.  In any case, this will definitely be a Republican Talking Point today.

RWP Rating: Bizarre

FULL STORY: Washington Times


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