Boxer Rebellion? Former Democrat Senator Registers Then Unregisters as Lobbyist for Chinese Surveillance Company

Former Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer registered as a foreign lobbyist for a Chinese company accused of aiding the Chinese government’s persecution on ethnic Muslims. She canceled her registration just hours after it was first reported.


The inaugural committee for President-elect Joe Biden returned a $500 donation to Biden’s former Senate colleague, ex-California Senator Barbara Boxer after it was revealed she registered as a lobbyist for the American division of a Chinese company alleged to have profited off the mass detention of Uighur Muslims in China.


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  • Fox News noted “it is not unusual for former politicians to enter the lobbying world and register as foreign agents when working with another government” while also detailing the scandals involving China with Swalwell and Feinstein.
  • Before rescinding her FARA registration, National Review’s Jim Geraghty highlighted the development and provided background by including a spat between Boxer and NY Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was told by Boxer “How do you abuse power when you’re out of power?” after being criticized for becoming a corporate lobbyist.
  • Much of the New York Post’s coverage focused on the details of Hikvision’s ties to the Chinese military while the Post’s opinion section is urging Biden, whose family has uncomfortably close ties to China, to turn his tough-on-China campaign rhetoric into action.


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