Republican Candidate Funded by Reconstructionist

California State Sen. Mimi Walters (R) is going to run for the open seat in California vacated by retiring Rep. John Campbell and she has been funded in her political career by a name that may be familiar to my longtime readers, Howard Ahmanson Jr.

Walters, who ran unsuccessfully for California Treasurer in 2010, has received at least $22,500 over her career from Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson Jr.’s Fieldstead & Co — making it one of her top ten industry funders, and making her their second biggest state recipient, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Ahmanson, heir to a banking fortune reported to total hundreds of millions, has distributed millions of dollars to right-wing political causes promoting a “Christian worldview.” Fieldstead & Co. is an incorporated private company which Ahmanson uses to distribute money to his favorite causes without having to disclose the donations publicly.

Most notorious among these was the Chalcedon Foundation. Ahmanson served for decades on the board of this radical Christian Reconstructionist organization and heavily funded its efforts. The group’s late founder, Rousas John Rushdoony advocated for American laws to literally follow those in the Book of Leviticus, including death by stoning for gay and lesbian people and similar execution for adulterers, juvenile delinquents, non-believers, and most other Americans. While Ahmanson has made clear he personally does not advocate “the stoning or execution of homosexuals,” he conceded to the Orange County Register in 1985: “My purpose is total integration of biblical law into our lives.”

Ahmanson is one of the biggest supporters of the Discovery Institute too, unsurprisingly. Anyone associated with Chalcedon should throw up some huge red flags.

13 comments on this post.
  1. Modusoperandi:

    I saw this one already. It’s just a repeat episode of Biblical Law & Order. This is the one where the group that doesn’t believe women should be in office backs a women running for office.

  2. ArtK:

    Unsurprising. The 45th district includes Rick Warren’s Saddleback church. It’s also where I was in a high school clasroom where the teacher had a picture of Nathan Bedford Forrest over his desk.

  3. raven:

    Howard Ahmanson’s two main accomplishments are to:

    1. Win the lucky sperm contest. He inherited a huge fortune, something on the order of a billion dollars.

    2. Not spend it all too fast.

    Ahmanson is a main supporter of the Dishonesty Institute and also Lively’s Exodus International, the kill the gays group. You can be sure anything he supports is anti-human.

    PS Oddly enough, he also won the adoption lottery. Ahmanson is adopted.

  4. dan4:

    i wonder how S&G (Spencer and Geller) would react if a congressional candidate received $22,500 from someone who said “My purpose is total integration of koranic law into our lives” (no, on second thought, I don’t have to wonder about that at all).

  5. eigenperson:

    Hmm. Apparently Christian Reconstructionists are very different from Reconstructionist Jews.

  6. Chiroptera:

    eigenperson, #5:

    When I saw the headline, my first thought was, “What? Carpet baggers?”

  7. Jeremy Shaffer:

    While Ahmanson has made clear he personally does not advocate “the stoning or execution of homosexuals,” he conceded to the Orange County Register in 1985: “My purpose is total integration of biblical law into our lives.”

    So he doesn’t advocate killing or executing homosexuals but he advocates that which advocates killing or executing homosexuals. I guess one can never have too many layers of separation between one’s noxious ideology and the obvious and inhuman results.

  8. aaronbaker:

    Ugghh.

  9. sugarfrosted:

    Well, that headline made me think of Reconstruction. (Period after the civil war)

  10. oranje:

    I read “deconstructionist” at first and had bad flashbacks to grad school.

  11. democommie:

    Benighted, rich asshole supporting benighted wannaberich asshole’s attempt to get on the Congressional GravyXpress. This is NOT a man-bites-dog story, the dog-bites-man story is MORE out of the ordinary.

  12. doublereed:

    @eigenperson

    Yea, I thought the same thing. Jewish Reconstructionists are basically agnostics…

  13. caseloweraz:

    “The group’s late founder, Rousas John Rushdoony, advocated for American laws to literally follow those in the Book of Leviticus, including death by stoning for gay and lesbian people and similar execution for adulterers, juvenile delinquents, non-believers, and most other Americans.” (Emphasis added)

    Right there is the solution to a big part of the world’s population and pollution problems. Oh, and an end to coercive taxation by the federal government, too, when the federal government disappears.

    [Ahmanson] conceded to the Orange County Register in 1985: “My purpose is total integration of biblical law into our lives.”

    Why, that shrimp-eater! Bet he rounds the corners of his beard, too, the hypocrite.

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