Freedom Writer |
January/February 1996 |
CNP leads the way in California
By Jerry Sloan
Over sixty Californians are members of the Council for National Policy
(CNP) and nowhere in the country have CNP members been more
politically active and spent more money than in California. Since
1988, many of these members have assumed a very active leadership and
generous financial role in a variety of ideological causes moving the
California Republican Party into the ranks of the Radical Religious
One of the most influential CNP members no longer lives in California,
but his long shadow reaches from the Rocky Mountains to the Sierras.
James Dobson, formerly of Pomona, now presides over his Focus on the
Family (FOF) empire from Colorado Springs.
According to a November 26, 1995 article in The Los Angeles
Times, California state Senator Rob Hurtt Jr. came under the
influence of Dobson in the early 80s. Hurtt, in turn, helped bring
together a group of men who have built a formidable political machine
by spending over $8,000,000 from their own pockets to change the face
of California politics. All are members of the CNP. This group of men
now consists of:
The group has gone through several name changes. It started out as the
Capitol Commonwealth Group which became the Allied Business PAC which
in turn has been reborn as the California Independent Business PAC. It
has helped to elect over one-fourth of the 120 members of the
- Howard Ahmanson. Jr., the heir to the Home Savings fortune,
chair of the California Independent Business PAC, successor to the
Allied Business PAC, 20+-year trustee of R. J. Rushdoony's Chalcedon,
board member of the Claremont Institute, and deep-pocket political
campaign contributor. In a 1985 Orange County Register
interview, Ahmanson stated he wanted to dedicate his fortune to see
that we had Biblical law integrated into our everyday lives.
- Roland Hinz, owner of Daisy/HiTorque Publications,
publishers of Dirt Bike and Motocross
magazines. His wife, Lila, has served on the board of directors of
Paul Weyrich's National Empowerment TV.
- Edward G. Atsinger III, owner of 29 commercial Christian
radio stations, graduate of Bob Jones University, and board member of
the National Religious Broadcasters Association.
- Richard A. Riddle, owner of I. W. Walker, a box
manufacturing company and a partner in Richray Industries, an
import-export company which does a lot of business with South Korea,
and a graduate of Bob Jones University.
Because of California political campaign laws, Sen. Hurtt has been
forced to drop out of the California Independent Business PAC.
However, that did not keep him from spending almost $2,000,000 on
political campaigns in 1994.
In 1987, Hurtt, Ahmanson, and CNP member Preston Hawkins, a developer,
founded the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) in Sacramento as a
public-policy organization affiliated with Focus on the Family (FOF).
Since CRI's founding, Hurt and Ahmanson have provided over 75% of the
With a small staff, CRI conducts a multitude of activities such as
lobbying the legislature on behalf of Hurtt and FOF, publishing at
least two monthly newsletters, conducting daily and weekly radio
programs (mostly on Atsinger's radio stations), providing voters'
guides, and presenting Community Impact Committee seminars.
Ahmanson's megabucks also provide support for such organizations as
the Western Center for Law and Religious Freedom, the Reason
Foundation, the Claremont Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the
California Prolife Council, and Chalcedon, Inc.
In 1994, the men supported a failed school-voucher initiative by
providing over $450,000. According to a Common Cause report, in 1994
they were responsible for almost 10% of all the money donated to the
California Republican Party.
Another CNP member is assemblywoman Barbara Alby, an ally of former
state senator H. L. (Bill) Richardson, a long-time Christian
Reconstructionist activist. Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian of San Diego
County is a new member. Former assemblyman Patrick Nolan is still
listed in the 1995 CNP phone directory as a member, although he is
presently a resident of a federal correctional facility. Nolan pleaded
no contest to political corruption charges. Christian
Reconstructionist guru R.J. Rushdoony has been listed as a member for
many years, although he claims he hasn't been to a meeting in years
and doesn't know who pays his annual membership fees. Some other
Californians who are members:
To define most CNP members as radical is charitable. As one looks at
the activities in which CNP members are engaged, it would appear their
goal is the total destruction of society as we know it. They are
leading the charge to deny minorities equality, destroy public
education, and the institution of government. California is their
- Pat Boone, actor/singer/info-mercializer
- William Dannemeyer, former U.S. Representative
- Robert K. Dornan, U. S. Representative and candidate for
the Republican presidential nomination
- William Saracino, Citizens for Responsible Representation,
slate mailer expert
- Louis K. Uhler, U.S. Taxpayers Association, author of
California legislative term limits
- Barbara Keating-Edh, Citizen Alert, failed candidate for
- James Dignan, former chair of the Republican State Party
- Dr. Henry M. Morris, retiring president of the Institute
for Creation Research
- Margret Lesher, former owner of the Lesher publishing
empire which she reportedly sold for $350,000,000
- W. Robert Stover, chairman of Western Temporary Services
(among their temporary services, they supply most of the Santas for
department stores and malls in California)
- Larry Arnn, president of the Claremont Institute (promoters
of the anti-affirmative action initiative)
- Robert W. Poole, president of the Reason Foundation
- Joseph Farah, former editor of the now-defunct
- Ms. Terry Siemens, a former Miss California
- William Rusher, fellow of the Claremont Institute
- David Balsiger, movie and TV producer
- John Stoos, former executive director of California Gun
Owners Association, political consultant
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