No. 84: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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84. Nancy Drabble
Nancy Drabble is CEO and chief lobbyist for Consumer Attorneys of California. She was a behind the scenes player in the legendary “Napkin Deal” crafted at Frank Fat’s in 1988, helped defeat the “Terrible 200s” (three 1996 ballot measures designed to curtail lawsuits), and for more than a decade has played in instrumental role in budget fights to protect court funding. She has led CAOC’s persistent and successful efforts to defeat over 100 anti-consumer pieces of tort legislation and advocate pro-consumer bills. In the 2015-2016 session, CAOC had 10 sponsored bills signed into law, including major legislation to bar consideration of immigration status in civil cases and require mandatory checks of the CURES prescription drug database before prescribing opioids. This year all seven of CAOC’s sponsored bills are still alive, including legislation challenging Wells Fargo’s use of forced arbitration for phony accounts, and two of them have already been signed by the governor. Drabble came to CAOC in 1986 after a stint working with Ralph Nader’s consumer rights organization, Nader’s Raiders.

Updated Aug. 29, 2017

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