He got "special treatment" when he in 2003 took out mortgages on 2 of his "homes"---one in Coonnecticut and one in Washington D.C.. They came with V.I.P. treatment that lowered every cost usually involved in a Countrywide mortgage: origination fees, points, and the interest rate.
This was in return for favorable action by Dodd when regulations concerning the mortgage industry are discussed by Congress.
Dodd came by his crookedness without going outside his family. His father was kicked out of Congress for campaign fund violations anf other misdoings.
When I heard he has prostatic cancer, I hoped his bone scan would light up like a Christmas tree. But no such luck----they caught it early. He should be KICKED out of Congress just like his father was.