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Former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer joins DC lobbying firm

Former Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer joins DC lobbying firm
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Former Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Harris launch Trump offensive in first joint appearance Bottom line Polls show big bounce to Biden ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Calif.) has joined the lobbying firm Mercury Public Affairs, where she will reportedly consult clients on local issues, the firm confirmed to The Hill.

Boxer, who joined the firm after being recruited by other former top California Democrats now working at Mercury, will not register as a lobbyist herself but will consult on numerous issues including municipal government, transportation and infrastructure, Politico first reported.

“I started off in local government,” Boxer told Politico. “I know how important it is for local governments to get the resources they need.”

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Her addition to the lobbying firm comes following criticism aimed at the former senator by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting MORE (D-N.Y.) last year after Boxer worked as an adviser for the ride-hailing firm Lyft.

“Fmr officials should not become corporate lobbyists, in letter or spirit. It’s an abuse of power + a stain on public service,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted about news of Boxer's job.

“I don’t care if it’s a Democrat doing it (both parties do). In fact, that makes it worse - we’re supposed to fight FOR working people, not against them,” she added.

Boxer responded to the criticism in comments to Politico, questioning: “How do you abuse power when you’re out of power?”

The longtime California senator retired in 2017 after declining to stand for reelection in November of 2016. She previously served as a U.S. House member.

Updated at 2:24 p.m.