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Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist

by , 10/17/13
filed under: News, Politics

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If a senator fails to win a reelection bid, all hope of a political career is not lost. Like former Arkansas Democrat Sen. Blanche Lincoln, they can open their own lobbying group and attract big players such as Monsanto. On Wednesday, Politico Influence reported that the agricultural giant hired Lincoln’s company, the Lincoln Policy Group.

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Monsanto joins Comcast and Valero as the Lincoln Policy Group’s latest clients. Last month, the organization announced that they added Experian, Wal-Mart, and Interstate Natural Gas to their portfolio. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed company, and it has found a powerful ally in Lincoln. From September 2009 to January 2011 she served a chairwoman for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Lincoln formerly worked for Alson & Bird, an international law firm specializing in litigation and intellectual property rights. The former senator opened her own group with the help of Robert Holifield, also a previous employee of A&B and Lincoln’s staffer on the Agricultural Committee. According to federal documents and the Huffington Post, the Lincoln Policy Group made $13.7 million in revenue last year.

Monsanto has already come under scrutiny for their lobbying efforts in a spending bill provision dubbed “The Monsanto Protection Act“. The legislation was introduced last March as a way to defend the proprietors of genetically modified seeds from lawsuits. Lincoln officially registered as a lobbyist for Monsanto on October 1st, perpetuating the incestuous relationship between business and politics.

Via The Huffington Post

Images via Wikicommons user Elliot P. and the Office of Blanche Lincoln

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  1. Raymond Reines December 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Monsanto products have been banned worldwide, yet are being forced on unsuspecting Americans because of the connections Monsanto has with OUR government!

    GMO’s cause cancer, and placing genetically modified organisms in OUR food supply and spending millions of dollars ensuring the corrupt politicians keep them off OUR food labels is treason to the American People!

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