Lincoln Hearts Wal-Mart (Again)

April 07, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

Just days after Sen. Blanche Lincoln made headlines for amending the Democrats’ budget plan to include a $10 million estate tax exemption, the moderate Arkansas Democrat is back in the news for becoming the first Senate Democrat to officially oppose the Employee Free Choice Act — the union-friendly card check bill.

From her statement released yesterday:

I consider both the labor and the business communities to be my friends. However, now that we need all hands on deck, including business and labor, to get our economy moving again, this issue is dividing us. While I may not have been clear about my position in the past, I am stating today that I cannot support Employee Free Choice Act in its current form and I can’t support efforts to bring it to Senate consideration in its current form.

It must be a coincidence that Arkansas-based Wal-Mart — which has donated $38,500 to Lincoln over her career, according to the Center for Responsive Politics — is among the loudest opponents of both the estate tax and card check, right?

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