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 lea
dership and generous financial role in a variety of
ideological causes moving the California Republican
Party into the ranks of the Radical Religious Right.
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 po
litical 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
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 de
ep-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
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.
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 California legislature.
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 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 provi
ded over 75% of the annual budget.
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), providin
g voters' guides, and presenting Community Impact Committee
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
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:
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 the Assembly
James Dignan, former chair of the Republican State
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 _Sacramento_
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
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, de
stroy public education, and the institution of government.
California is their testing ground.
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