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Howard Ahmanson, Jr.

Howard Ahmanson, Jr.AKA Howard Fieldstead Ahmanson, Jr.

Born: 3-Feb-1950
Birthplace: San Diego, CA

Gender: Male
Religion: Born-Again Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Philanthropist, Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reclusive fundamentalist-Christian philanthropist

Reclusive Christian philanthropist from Orange County, CA. During the 1970s, he became a disciple of R. J. Rushdoony, an Armenian cleric who preached the doctrine of "reconstructionism", a brand of Christian fundamentalism which advocates governance by Old Testament law. He was instrumental in starting the career of conservative intellectual Marvin Olasky. Ahmanson is the heir to the Home Savings and Loan fortune, a California bank purchased by Washington Mutual in 1998, and manages his philanthropy through the private corporation, the Fieldstead Institute. He suffers from Tourette's syndrome, so most of his public statements are made through his wife, Roberta. Among the projects financed by Ahmanson was California's Proposition 8, an amendment to the state's constitution to end gay marriage.

In 1985, Ahmanson told the Orange County Register, "My goal is the total integration of biblical law into our lives."

[1] Switched from Republican to Democratic in 2009, per Washington Post 29-Mar-2009 interview. "I'm now a blue-dog Democrat for Bobby Jindal in 2012."

Father: Howard F. Ahmanson (banker, b. 1906, d. 1968 heart failure)
Mother: Dorothy Grannis Sullivan (b. 1908, div. 1960)
Wife: Roberta Green Ahmanson (m. 1986)

    High School: Lincoln Junior High, Newport Beach, CA
    High School: Black-Foxe Military Institute, Hancock Park, CA (1968)
    University: BS Economics, Occidental College (1972)
    University: MS Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington

    Arlington Group
    Ashcroft 2000
    Chalcedon Institute
    Claremont Institute
    Council for National Policy
    DeMint for Senate Committee
    Discovery Institute
    Fieldstead Institute Founder
    Grow PAC
    John McCain 2008
    National Conservative Campaign Fund
    Pro-Growth Action Team
    Public Justice Advocates
    Quayle 2000
    Restore America PAC
    Santorum 2006
    Home Savings and Loan Heir
    Born-Again Christian from Calvinism
    Time Magazine 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America
    Risk Factors: Homophobia, Arthritis

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