Environmental groups typically allied with Democrats are taking aim at centrist Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), accusing her of doing the bidding of Arkansas's Tyson Foods by pushing a measure that would ease environmental lawsuits against operators of animal feedlots.
To the Sierra Club, Arkansas's senior senator has become the face of a campaign by some lawmakers from farm states to exempt farming operations from Superfund toxic waste lawsuits. Lincoln wants language added to the pending farm bill, but environmental pressure groups are trying to stop her by spotlighting her connection to Tyson Foods, which is important to Arkansas's economy and politics.
An animated Sierra Club video clip shows lobbyists sporting "I love Blanche" buttons and Tyson stickers as they stand before piles of cash. A cartoon chicken named Fowlie Poopsalot characterizes Lincoln as an ally of corporate farms responsible for polluting rivers, streams and drinking water with massive amounts of animal waste.