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

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2009, file photo, then-Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., speaks at a field hearing at the Clinton Preside
FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2009, file photo, then-Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., speaks at a field hearing at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. The National Federation of Independent Business is endorsing Republicans over Democrats by a better than 10-to-1 margin in congressional races this year. But when the small business group needed someone to head its campaign for rolling back federal regulations it turned to former Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

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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