The financial lobbyists aren’t happy with Dodd. A recent Politico piece had the complaints of an unnamed lobbyist:
Financial lobbyists are grumbling that it’s difficult to get meetings with Dodd — and that the Connecticut Democrat engages with them only through press releases, such as the scorcher sent out last week titled “Dodd slams financial industry for opposing consumer protections.” “No one meets with Dodd. He’s not interested in reg reform. He only comes out for the press opportunities,” said one industry lobbyist.
Forgive me if I’m a little cynical about how anxious a financial industry lobbyist is to enact additional regulation of the financial industry. Clearly, having just got the Credit Card Accountability, Responsbility and Disclosure Act passed, it’s not like it’s just about the press releases.
In any event, the Dodd campaign has obviously decided to meet criticisms of being too cozy with lobbyists head on with a new web ad.