Richard Mellon Scaife

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Richard Mellon Scaife (July 3, 1932 - July 4, 2014) was the owner of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review who was critical of the Clinton Administration. He has been affiliated with right wing think tanks. His fortune derives from the Mellon family.

Scaife has supported the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the American Spectator, the Center for Immigration Studies, the Center for Security Policy, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Committee for the Free World, the Committee on the Present Danger, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Federalist Society, the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Freedom House, the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, the Hudson Institute, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the Institute on Religion and Public Life, the Jamestown Foundation, the Manhattan Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Institute for Public Policy, The National Interest, and the Philanthropy Roundtable.[1]

By compiling a computerized record of nearly all his contributions over the last four decades, The Washington Post found that Scaife and his family's charitable entities have given at least $340 million to conservative causes and institutions – about $620 million in current dollars, adjusted for inflation. The total of Scaife's giving – to conservatives as well as many other beneficiaries – exceeds $600 million, or $1.4 billion in current dollars, much more than any previous estimate.[2]

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.[3]

Scaife, like Olin, has also funded law and economics programs in colleges around the country.[4]

Scaife reportedly supports abortion rights[5] and a supporter of Planned Parenthood.[6]

He passed away[7] on July 4, 2014.


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  4. Sally Covington, Moving a Public Policy Agenda: The Strategic Philanthropy of Conservative Foundations, The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, July 1997
  6. An Open Letter to Fellow Conservatives
  7. Ritz, Erica (July 4, 2014). Richard Mellon Scaife, Billionaire Philanthropist and Champion of Conservative Causes, Dies at 82. The Blaze.