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Richard Scaife

Richard ScaifeAKA Richard Mellon Scaife

Born: 3-Jul-1932
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Died: 4-Jul-2014
Location of death: Pittsburgh, PA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Philanthropist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Republican George Soros

Heir to the Mellon fortune, making him one of the world's 400 richest people according to Forbes magazine. Generous contributor to conservative think tanks, bankrolling a large chunk of the Republican Revolution in the 1980s. According to The Washington Post:

In the world of big-time philanthropy, there are many bigger givers. The Ford Foundation gave away $491 million in 1998 alone. But by concentrating his giving on a specific ideological objective for nearly 40 years, and making most of his grants with no strings attached, Scaife's philanthropy has had a disproportionate impact on the rise of the right, perhaps the biggest story in American politics in the last quarter of the 20th century.

According to the 1995 Clinton White House report "Communication Stream of Conspiracy Commerce":

Richard Mellon Scaife is in the vanguard of this aforementioned form of this media age political organizing. Scaife uses the $800 million Mellon fortune which he inherited to fund a virtual empire of right wing newspapers and foundations. These newspapers and foundations use their power to control the Republican Party's agenda and viewpoints. [...] In addition to his financial support of purveyors of Vince Foster conspiracy theories, Scaife also is a Newt Gingrich insider -- backing many of the groups that support and defend Newt Gingrich, including contributing $60,000 to GOPAC and $450,000 to the Landmark Legal Foundation.

Former Wall Street Journal reporter Karen Rothmyer briefly met up with Scaife by ambushing him on the street in 1981:

Richard Scaife rarely speaks to the press. After several unsuccessful efforts to obtain an interview, this reporter decided to make one last attempt in Boston, where Scaife was scheduled to attend the annual meeting of the First Boston Corporation.

Scaife, a company director, did not show up while the meeting was in progress. Reached eventually by telephone as he dined with the other directors at the exclusive Union Club, he hung up the moment he heard the caller's name. A few minutes later he appeared at the top of the Club steps. At the bottom of the stairs, the following exchange occurred:

"Mr. Scaife, could you explain why you give so much money to the New Right?"

"You fucking Communist cunt, get out of here."

Well. The rest of the five-minute interview was conducted at a rapid trot down Park Street, during which Scaife tried to hail a taxi. Scaife volunteered two statements of opinion regarding his questioner's personal appearance - he said she was ugly and that her teeth were "terrible" - and also the comment that she was engaged in "hatchet journalism." His questioner thanked Scaife for his time. "Don't look behind you," Scaife offered by way of a goodbye.

Not quite sure what this remark meant, the reporter suggested that if someone were approaching it was probably her mother, whom she had arranged to meet nearby. "She's ugly, too," Scaife said, and strode off.


Father: Alan Scaife (d. 1958)
Mother: Sarah Mellon Scaife (d. 1965)
Sister: Cordelia Scaife May
Wife: Frances L. Gilmore Scaife (div.)
Son: David N. Scaife
Daughter: Jennie K. Scaife
Wife: Margaret Battle Scaife ("Ritchie", b. 15-Feb-1947, m. 1-Jun-1991, sep. 22-Dec-2005)
Son: Turner Westray Battle III (stepson)

    High School: Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA
    University: Yale University (expelled)
    University: University of Pittsburgh (1957)
    Administrator: Board of Directors, Pepperdine University

    NewsMax Media
    Betty Ford Center
    The American Spectator Gave $2.4M
    The Greensburg Tribune-Review Publisher
    Whitewater Scandal
    Accuracy in Media
    Allegheny Foundation
    American Enterprise Institute
    American Legislative Exchange Council
    Americans for Tax Reform
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Capital Legal Foundation
    Carthage Foundation
    Cato Institute
    Center for Individual Rights
    Center for Security Policy
    Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Center for the Study of Popular Culture
    Club for Growth
    Committee for a Free World
    Committee on the Present Danger
    Conservative Victory Committee
    Discovery Institute
    Empower America
    Free and Strong America PAC
    Free Congress Foundation
    Freedom House
    Friends of Giuliani Exploratory Committee
    Friends of Joe Lieberman
    The Heritage Foundation
    Hoover Institution
    Independent Women's Forum
    John McCain 2008
    Judicial Watch
    Landmark Legal Foundation
    McCain-Palin Victory 2008
    McCain Victory Committee
    Monday Morning PAC
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    Pro-Growth Action Team
    Project for the New American Century
    Restore Our Future
    Reuniting Our Country PAC
    Romney Victory Inc.
    Spirit of America
    Washington Legal Foundation
    Clare Boothe Luce Award 2011
    Expelled from School
    Mellon Family by birth, estranged
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism

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