Howard Ahmanson Jr. Only the Second Biggest Hater
Hey, it was a tough year.
Other Orange County haters of note include former state Sen. Rob Hurtt, who owns Container Supply Co. in Garden Grove and gave $550,000, just edging out repellant James Dobson's Focus on the Family of Colorado Springs. John Dalton of Yorba Linda and J&L Consulting kicked in another quarter million.
At the $100,000 hate-funding level were: the Evangelical Christian Credit Union of Brea; Laguna Beach's Donald G. Laws, who is director of the North American Health Care nursing home company; and Steve Samuelian, who also lives in Laguna Beach, owns the Generations Health Care nursing home company and is a Mormon bishop.
Giving $75,000 was Armour Properties CV, LLC of Newport Beach, whose Jeffrey Armour gave $20,000 in 1996 to a marriage preservation group in Virginia, while another fellow from his beach town, Larry Smith of M I H Real Co., chipped in $67,000. Alejandro J. Martinez, a "self-employed consultant" from Capistrano Beach; Alphadon accountant Don R. Flora of Laguna Niguel; Corona del Mar's Peter Ochs of the home-building Fieldstone Corp. scared up $50,000 apiece of hate money.
Denying equal rights to all their fellow Californians at the $34,999 mark was Lee A. Whatcott of Rancho Santa Margarita, while Stephanie S. Sorensen of Laguna Niguel pulled $30,000 out from between her hater sofa cushions. Willis Hamilton, founder of the drywall finishing company Hamilton Materials of Orange, put up $25,000, as did Trabuco Canyon's Mark Hobbins, founder of FamilyIQ.com, which offers "e-learning courses for a variety of life improvement issues, including improving relationships with family, friends, partners/spouses and self-improvement."
Hey, Mark, by banning families headed by same-sex couples, aren't you cutting into your potential market? I'm just sayin' . . .
Another $25,000 hate maintainer was Laguna Beach's Alan H. Anderson, who is an administrator at Bel Vista Convalescent Hospital in Long Beach. If you wondering if Anderson is a Mormon and Mormons are cornering the nursing home biz, here's a clue: He gave $1,000 to Mitt Romney for President. The message is clear: gay people can't get old!
Bradford Rowley of Costa Mesa's gay-sounding Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp. gave $25,000, as did Barbara Lamprecht of Laguna Niguel; KBS Realty advisor Chuck Schreiber of Laguna Hills; National Purchasing Corp. vice president David G. Lindahl of San Clemente; Kay A. Goodman of Tustin; Robert E. Greene of Villa Park; SRS Insurance Services of Santa Ana; Ja Layne Pugmire of Yorba Linda; Laura Armstrong of Irvine; and Newport Beach lawyer Rowland W. Day.
John Sorensen, who has the same last name as Stephanie at the $30,000 level and works as an executive at the same North American Health Care as Donald G. Laws at 100 grand, gave $24,999.99 because he apparently could not find another penny. Sherie Samuelian of Laguna Niguel, who has the same last name as Bishop Steve at 100 grand, gave $24,999 because she apparently could not find another dollar.
Newport Beach consultant Richard E. Nicholson gave $23,500 in hate money; Whittier Family Foundation of Yorba Linda (?) contributed $21,500; Santa Ana's Dewitt Paul, whose Cotton Buds company makes manufacturing equipment for cotton swabs, cleaned $20,000 out of his financial ears. (And here's a fun fact: his father, Elder, addressed the student body at Brigham Young University on April 10, 1963.) Laguna Niguel's Jennie L. Olsen and Brent W. Koch, a financial consultant at Management Strategy, also gave $20,000.
Samuelian Alert! Here's another, Laguna Niguel lawyer Robert Samuelian, who gave $15,001 of hate cash. Coming up a buck short of that was Placentia's Jay Bradford, CFO of Majestic Realty and a Brigham Young U grad. Marina Landscape of Anaheim -- where there is neither a marina nor landscapping -- and the Fourels Investment Co. of Orange also gave $15,000 each.
Kelly C. Olds of Huntington Beach was at 10 grand on the Hate-O-Meter, as was Elisa Pulido of San Juan Capistrano; C.S. Concrete Solutions of Mission Viejo; Lifestyle Settlements owner Anthony Ridd of San Clemente; Danee L. Clyne of Rancho Santa Margarita; Timec Co. exec Gary D. Green of Fountain Valley; Hands On Billing LLC of Huntington Beach; Jennifer Jackson of Corona del Mar; attorney Kevin Monson of Fountain Valley; real estate economist and BYU grad Mark R. Boud of San Clemente; MCA auto broker Brandon Ogdon of Newport Coast; Deborah S. Stapley of San Juan Capistrano; and Kenneth Payton of Garden Grove.
At $9,999 was Michelle Robinson of Fountain Valley and at $9,500 was Los Jardines LLC of Yorba Linda. Bio Medics manager Ryan Crandall and Debbie Crandall, both of Orange, gave $9,000 apiece. Aliso Viejo's Kenneth L. Virgin, CEO of Payables, gave $7,000.
How's this for unfair? Costa Mesa welder Christopher Dailey gave $6,500, while Cota de Caza's Cisco Systems exec Charles Stucki and Sessions & Kimball attorney Don D. Sessions only kicked in $6,000 each.