SAN FRANCISCO -California Treasurer Bill Lockyer opened a new front in his battle to increase state and local government bonds ratings, launching a campaign-style Web site with the message "Municipal Bond Rating Reform: Protect Taxpayers, End the Double Standard."

The site - http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/fairbondratings - outlines Lockyer's case. He says local government borrowers rarely default on their bonds and should get higher ratings than corporations that default at much higher rates. The new site offers a form that will create letters to rating agencies for Web surfers, contact information for rating agency officials, and sample lobbying letters in addition to lists of supporters, news, and background.

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