Dawn L. Arnall, Los Angeles, CA
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Dawn L. Arnall was co-chairwoman of Ameriquest Mortgage Co., a housing lender that closed in 2007. The company gained notoriety in the mid-2000s as the largest lender in the country of subprime mortgages, which later were criticized for leading to the housing crisis. Arnall’s husband, Roland Arnall, founded the company. The couple married in 2000 and were major donors to various charities and political campaigns at the federal and state levels. Combined with donations from Ameriquest, the couple donated heavily to both Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as to President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election. Roland Arnall served as ambassador to the Netherlands under Bush from 2006 to 2008, stepping down from the post for health reasons. He died in 2008 at age 68.
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