Sounds pretty impressive.
Says Don, "I am honored to be receiving this prestigious award. It has been my goal as a legislator to ensure the civil justice system in California continues to be as fair as possible, and will continue to make sure future laws reflect that."
Yeah, fairness. That's what Don's all about.
OK, but what are the CJAC all about?
Just who is the Civil Justice Association of California?
Well, according to their website, here’s what they do: “CJAC works to reduce the excessive and unwarranted litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians.”
And who are CJAC? No doubt they are folks who represent the little people--ordinary citizens who love innovation and prefer cheap goods and services.
Well, no. According to the site, the CJAC board comprises the following:
|Don attended the Sept. board meeting|
Golly! That's a pretty comprehensive list of big business in this state. Clearly, if the CJAC were to have an accurately descriptive name, it would be something like "California Corporations that Hate to be Sued."
Don's their man, I guess. He's more their man than any other man is their man.
I can just imagine the phone call:
CJAC: Hey, Don boy! How’d you like to be this year’s winner of our Civil Justice Leadership Award!According to Maplight, here were Don's top contributors in 2009-2010 (I couldn't find more recent data):
Don: Gosh, I dunno. If you give me that, I may as well wear a sign that says “tool of corporate America”!
CJAC: the people who’ll see it that way already know you’re a tool, Don! –Just kidding, boy!
CJAC: Sure. Listen, the rubes back home will think it’s for real. That’s all that matters.
Don: OK, I'm your man. But tell me: how far down the list did you have to go?
|Note the fine print|
Howard Ahmanson, Jr. You remember him. Ahmanson's mentor thought that homosexuals should be stoned to death. Yeah. Ahmanson provided the start-up money for Tustin's Education Alliance, on whose board Don sits. He's pretty special.
Wikipedia notes that, in recent years, Ahmanson has labored to moderate his image:
Ahmanson is reported to have "never supported his mentor's calls for the death penalty for homosexuals"; instead, as the Orange County Register reported in 2004, he "no longer consider[s] [it] essential" to stone people who are deemed to have committed certain immoral acts. Ahmanson also told the Register, "It would still be a little hard to say that if one stumbled on a country that was doing that, that it is inherently immoral, to stone people for these things. But I don't think it's at all a necessity."He sounds like a swell guy. I'm not surprised that Don is his pal.
|From Project VoteSmart: Don Wagner "ratings"|
See also VoteSmart & FollowTheMoney, where we learn that Glenn Roquemore and Bill Hewitt have contributed to Don’s campaigns. Also James Vogt, the key attorney for the SOCCCD in Westphal v. Wagner, IVC instructor Ron Ellison, the notorious Michael Schroeder, Richard Tait (Fuentes’ old boss), Steve Frogue, Marcia Milchiker, Todd Burnett, David Hunt of GKK Works, Bob Cosgrove, Bill Jay, and John Williams.
|Don at the Tustin Chamber of Commerce, slowly disrobing|