Chris Dodd Made $2.4 Million in First Year at MPAA

MPAA chairman Chris Dodd received a
compensation package of $2.4 million in 2011, the year he joined the motion
picture trade association and became Hollywood’s chief lobbyist.

Dodd’s compensation package included base pay of
$2.2 million, incentives of $100,000 and aboit $60,000 in other benefits,
according to the org’s tax filing with the IRS. He joined the MPAA on March 17,
2011, succeeding interim CEO Robert Pisano, whose compensation package totalled
$1.35 million. As 501(c) tax exempt org, the MPAA’s tax filings are made
public.

The filing was first reported by the website
TorrentFreak.

The bulk of the MPAA’s revenue comes from studio
member dues, and total revenue climbed to $60.8 million, from $49.6 million. But
expenses also increased to $61 million, from $49.6 million a year earlier,
leaving the MPAA with a $246,879 loss.

The MPAA spent a total of $4.7 million on
lobbying during 2011, when it was urging Congress to pass the Stop Online Piracy
Act, a measure that was eventually sidelined after an unprecedented protest led by Internet firms. It also spent $4.2 million on investigations, as one of the org’s missions
is combating piracy.

The org also gave out a number of grants,
including $50,000 to the Democratic Attorney Generals Assn., $13,000 to the
American Film Institute, $31,000 to the Motion Picture and Television Fund
Foundation, $150,000 to the Democratic Governors Assn., $10,000 to the Family
Online Safety Institute, $75,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee,
$150,000 to the Republican Governors Assn. and $100,000 to Americans for Tax
Reform. The latter is the org run by anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.

One of the more unusual grants went to Let
Freedom Ring, which received $10,000 from the MPAA. The org promotes
“constitutional government, economic freedom and traditional values,” and while
its membership is perhaps well to the right of center-left Hollywood, both sides
tried to engage the Tea Party grassroots in the debate. In blog posts and other
messages on its website, Let Freedom Ring urged its members in late 2011 to
support SOPA and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act.

The MPAA is operating on a smaller budget than
it did five years ago, when revenue totalled more than $92 million. The org went
through a series of cutbacks the next year under CEO Dan Glickman. His salary in
2009 was $1.4 million.

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