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Monsanto Hires Former Senator Blanche Lincoln as Washington Lobbyist
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.
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.
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