02/20/2013 04:07 pm ET

Blanche Lincoln, Former Arkansas Senator, Hired By Walmart: Report

Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) has been hired by Walmart as an outside consultant, according to Politico Influence. The senator, who is billed as a "special policy advisor" with Alston & Bird, is now free to lobby the Senate, having left the upper chamber two years ago.

Walmart's move comes as the Arkansas-based corporation, the nation's largest gun retailer, met with White House officials last month. The Washington Post reported that the White House was seeking support from Walmart and other retailers for potential gun legislation.

Lincoln received some $96,600 from Walmart employees, their family members and the company's PAC during her political career, according to Influence Explorer. As a senator, she opposed the Employee Free Choice Act, which would have made it easier for workers to form unions; Walmart hired one of her former staffers to lobby against the bill.

Lincoln lost reelection by a landslide to Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) in 2010, after narrowly defeating former Arkansas Lt. Gov Bill Halter (D) in the primary. Halter ran at her from the left.



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