President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural committee refunded a $500 donation from former California Sen. Barbara Boxer after she registered as a foreign agent for a Chinese firm that monitors the detention camps holding Uyghur Muslims, according to a report on Tuesday.
The former Democratic lawmaker, who was succeeded by Vice President-elect Sen. Kamala Harris, registered as a foreign agent to provide “strategic consulting services” to Chinese company Hikvision’s subsidiary in the US, Axios reported.
Boxer, who served in the Senate from 1993 to 2017, heads up the company’s Los Angeles office.
Hikvision was one of about 20 Chinese companies the Pentagon identified as either owned by or have deep ties to the Communist People’s Liberation Army.
The Commerce Department put the companies, including Huawei, on a blacklist in October 2019 that bars them from buying components from US companies without the approval of the federal government.
Boxer registered as a foreign agent with the Department of Justice through the lobbying