A petition has been submitted to the White House’s We the People site calling on the administration to investigate MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, after he told Fox News that the “industry is watching very carefully” where politicians stand on anti-piracy issues in making decisions about political contributions.

As SOPA and Protect IP was stalling in Congress, Dodd was quoted by Fox News on Thursday, “Don’t make the false assumption that just because we did it in years past that we are going to do it this year,” said Dodd.

He added,”Candidly, 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.”

The petition says that Dodd’s statement was “bribery” after he “publicly admited (sic) to bribing politicians to pass legislation.” The White House promises to issue a response to any petition submitted to We the People that reaches 25,000 signatures. As of Monday morning, the Dodd petition had almost 19,000. Some 6,000 are needed by Feb. 20.

The irony is that Dodd has said that one problem in show biz giving is that the industry is generally not mindful of what stances politicians take on anti-piracy and other copyright issues, and generally are backing candidates based on a host of other factors, including pet causes.

MPAA spokesman Howard Gantman told Politico that Dodd’s comments were being taken out of context and said, “Senator Dodd was merely making the obvious point that people support politicians whose views coincide with their own. When politicians take positions that people disagree with, those people tend not to support those politicians.”
Update: It’s pretty likely that the petition will reach the threshold of 25,000. It’s now up to 23,500.