Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Who is Richard Mellon Scaife? Why aren't we Democrats more critical of this fellow? Here is some information from http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=10840 :

Richard Scaife is one of the most influential men behind the right-wing today. Over the past thirty years the reclusive billionaire has funneled more than $340 million into right-wing organizations and causes, more than any other individual on the Right. Scaife has helped establish their biggest institutions and supported some of their most radical ideas. Read more about the man behind the “vast right-wing conspiracy."www.scaife.com

About Richard M. Scaife:

Scaife is a right-wing billionaire who has subsidized many of the Right’s formative institutions and organizations for the past thirty years. Scaife has given away at least $340 million dollars to promote right-wing causes.

Richard Scaife is #378 on the list of wealthiest people in the World, worth approximately $1.2 billion dollars. Scaife’s fortune comes from his position as heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune. Scaife has channeled his money into philanthropic interests and publishing.

Scaife’s recent period of notable influence in the 1990’s corresponded with his active, visible support of anti-Clinton conspiracy theories and being viewed as part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Scaife supported Judicial Watch and the Landmark Legal Foundation in 1997 for their work to file lawsuits against the Clinton administration on a multitude of topics, ranging from campaign finance to the FBI files-gathering controversy.

In a rare interview in 1999 with John F. Kennedy, Jr in George Magazine, Scaife spoke openly about his belief that there is truth behind the accusations that the Clintons were involved in the deaths of 60 friends and employees. His newspaper, Pittsbrugh Tribune-Review, also printed allegations suggesting that certain officials in the Clinton administration were murdered.

During the period of critical growth for many right-wing institutions, Scaife gave approximately $200 million to conservative causes from 1974 through the end of the Bush administration in 1992. Scaife’s early contributions to Heritage Foundation in 1976 were “absolutely critical” according to Heritage’s president, Ed Feulner.

Scaife’s early support of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helped the influential grassroots policy organization get started.

Scaife’s support of candidate Nixon in 1972 is legendary; Scaife gave 330 checks for $3,000 each to 330 “dummy” organizations that fronted for Nixon’s campaign. After the Watergate scandal Scaife called for Nixon’s resignation.

About Scaife's Foundations:

Scaife oversees four “Scaife Foundations”—Sarah Scaife Foundation, Carthage Foundation, Allegheny Foundation, and the Scaife Family Foundation.

Through Scaife’s foundations many right-wing groups receive several awards from different Scaife funds in the same year. For example, in 2001 the Free Congress Foundation received $250,000 from Carthage and $790,000 from Sarah Scaife Foundation, adding up to over a million dollars in a single year.

Through his foundations Scaife helped fund a growing number of right-wing think tanks housed in respected academic institutions. Scaife is a major supporter of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Scaife's Board Memberships:

Hoover Institution, board of Overseers, since 1960’s.

Heritage Foundation, Vice Chairman of Heritage Foundation Board since 1995, joined board in 1985.

US Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy, member from 1984-1990. Appointed by President Reagan, Scaife sat on the (USACPD), a board which oversees the US Information Agency. The 6 members of the USACPD are appointed by the President of the United States.

Scaife is the Vice Chairman, Publisher and Owner of Tribune-Review Publishing Co. (Publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). During the 2000 election campaign Scaife ordered newspaper editors of the archconservative newspaper that he owns, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, to pull all photographs of Democratic nominee Al Gore and guarantee that no prominent images or stories about Gore appear on the front page of the newspaper.

Major Right-Wing Beneficiaries of Scaife Foundations:

*Acton Economic Research Foundation
*American Enterprise Institute
* Center for the Study of Popular Culture
* Federalist Society
* Federation for American Immigrant Reform
* Free Congress Foundation
* Foreign Policy Research Institute
* Hoover Institute
* Hudson Institute
* Independent Women's Forum
* Institute for Justice
* Intercollegiate Studies Institute
* Judicial Watch
* Landmark Legal Foundation
* Media Research Center
* Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
* National Association of Scholars
* National Taxpayers Union Foundation
* Pacific Legal Foundation
* Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy
* Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty
* Rutherford Institute
* Southeastern Legal Foundation, Inc.

Scaife’s Awards:

* The first “ Hoover Institution Award for Uncommon Commitment,” February 2000

Quotes about Scaife:

“It is clear that Dick Scaife has played a major role in making the Hoover Institution a preeminent think tank," John Raisian, director of the Hoover Institute, February 2000.

"The victories we're celebrating today didn't begin last Tuesday," Heritage Foundation president Edwin Feulner Jr. told a meeting of supporters in 1994 just after the Republican sweep of the House of Representatives. "They started more than 20 years ago when Dick Scaife had the vision to see the need for a conservative intellectual movement in America. These organizations built the intellectual case that was necessary before political leaders like Newt Gingrich could translate their ideas into practical political alternatives." Ed Fuelner, Heritage Foundation, 1994 speech.

"It seemed to me that he operated very strongly on the strength of passionate impulse. My sense of Dick is that there was not a depth of conviction about the causes he supported. They were rather strongly felt prejudices -- which isn't necessarily something bad, but not the same as conviction." -- James Whelan, from an April 1998 interview. Whelan is the former editor of the now-defunct Scaife-owned newspaper the Sacramento Union and the former editor/publisher of the Washington Times, a right-wing newspaper.


Blogger Snave said...

Here are George Soros
Contributions to 527 Committees
2004 Election Cycle, from http://www.opensecrets.org/527s/527indivsdetail.asp?ID=11001147458&Cycle=2004

Recipient/Total Contributions

Joint Victory Campaign 2004

America Coming Together


Democrats 2000

Young Democrats of America

The Real Economy Group

Campaign for America's Future

Safer Together 04

Main Street Individual Fund

That looks like $23,180,000 in Soros Dollars contributed through 527's in 2004.

Despite there being some pretty large rightwing 527 groups, a majority of 527 money collected in 2004 seemed to go to left-leaning groups. I can see why the GOP would push to eliminate the 527's... they are a threat to the GOP's monopoly on power!

More on 527 contributors is available at:

2:54 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Let's see. (Melon) Scaife is part of an American family that create a great deal of American wealth, and has supported the city of Pittsburgh for many decades.

Soros is a foreigner who moved here and never passes an opportunity to tell us how bad we suck. He stole his money through insider trading and ruining the British economy for his own benefit.

Hmmm. I would prefer the company of Scaife.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Heeheehee! My point illustrated.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Besides, Soros has been an American citizen for more than 30 years. I thought I would look into that, so I went to the trusted authority "Ask Jeeves"!

"George Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1930. In 1947 he emigrated to England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics. While a student at the London School of Economics, Mr. Soros became familiar with the work of the philosopher Karl Popper, who had a profound influence on his thinking and later on his philanthropic activities. In 1956 he moved to the United States, where he began to accumulate a large fortune through an international investment fund he founded and managed." Jeeves tells me Soros became a U.S. citizen "in the 60's".

So, let's see... He's 75 or so, but hasn't lived in Hungary for 58 years now, and for 49 of the past 58 years he has lived in the United States, with at least 35 of those years as a U.S. citizen.

Could 35 years of citizenship be a long enough time for him to learn about how the system works here in the U.S., and maybe long enough for him to no longer be considered a "foreigner"?

Considering people born on foreign soil, are you a fan of FOX News? Rupert Murdoch was born in 1931, and became a U.S. citizen in 1985.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is 57 years old, and has now been a U.S. citizen for 21 years. I think of him as an Austrian, not as a foreigner... although I will confess to being glad he can't run for president due to our laws.

Soros was influenced by the philosophies of Karl Popper, and more info on him can be found at

8:41 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "George Soros (born August 12, 1930 in Budapest, Hungary as Soros György) is a Hungarian-born American businessman. He is famous as a currency speculator and a philanthropist."

It is nice that he gives money away. But he 'speculated' on the British economy, getting that money from others that didn't have his influence. If he was a conservative, you would want his head.

I'm not sure how Murdoch initially got his money. He owns Fox, and it should be subject to the same limits on media ownership. I am glad that he has added another voice to the news. The best thing he has ever done was The Simpsons.

As for Arnold, I was totally against his campaign for Governor. I don't like famous media types who think they can just become politicans. Yes, I know this would exclude Reagan, but I don't remember him as a star, he was always a politican that I remember.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Selinger, Mark M. said...

Is it "Snave" ... or "Knave?"

Ah, but I repeat myself.

Grow up, wing-nut.

Your Nihilist Indenture is puerile, hackneyed, tiresome, shopworn and entirely dated. [Look up those terms you know not.]

With considerable pity, condescension and cluck and pluck, I am


Be seeing you 2 November 2010. Tee Hee Hee ...

2:01 PM  

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