Consumer Federation Gives Bonnie Lowenthal Top Marks

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assemblymember bonnie lowenthalThe Consumer Federation of California released its 2010 Scorecard for State lawmakers on December 16. The scorecard, which rates legislators on their votes cast on key consumer rights bills, says the Long Beach Democrat sides with consumers 100 percent of the time.

The Consumer Federation of California ranked Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal among the most consumer-friendly state lawmakers, reporting that she voted to protect consumers on every important issue over the last year.

The consumer organization gave Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, a 100-percent ranking in its newly released report. She was one of just 9 legislators in the Assembly and 4 in the Senate to rate a 98% or above.

Average scores were 59 (a 3 point drop from last year) percent in the Senate and 58 percent (a 4 point drop from last year) in the Assembly. The scorecard highlights the deep ideological split between the two parties when it comes to consumer rights protections. Assembly Democrats had an average score of 87 percent (a 2 point drop from last year), with Senate Democrats averaging 86 percent (a 1 point from last year).

Richard Holober, Consumer Federation’s executive director, said the scorecard reflected lawmakers’ votes on “a range of legislative proposals, including campaign finance reform, financial privacy protection, health care reform, drug safety, false advertising” and more.

Lowenthal said she was pleased, though not surprised by the report. “I think the common thread in all this is just giving people a fair shot at taking care of themselves and their families,” she said.

Click here to view the scorecard and the description of the legislation used to grade lawmakers.

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