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April 19, 2018
The geriatric jet—purchased by the media personality for $1 million in 2015 from his late friend, billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife—was mostly used to ferry Beck between New York and his home in Texas. The plane can accommodate up to 12 passengers and has a comfortable cabin height of 6 feet 8ÃâÃÂ ...
April 18, 2018
Richard Mellon Scaife, an heir to the famous banking fortune, bought the Tribune-Review and turned it into Pittsburgh's conservative broadsheet at the beginning of the 1970s. Texas banker Joe L. Allbritton bought the Washington Star in 1974, convicted felon Rev. Sun Myung Moon spent a billion on theÃâÃÂ ...
April 18, 2018
Mercury Radio Arts, the radio production company, purchased the plane from billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife in 2015 for $1 million. At the same time, Beck's news network, The Blaze, was undergoing significant layoffs. The listing price for the plane was not included and Beck did not respond to the DailyÃâÃÂ ...
April 3, 2018
GOP apparatchiks have allowed themselves to be cowed and tamed by the president most of them never wanted. But this result has been in the works for decades. Beginning with Richard Mellon Scaife, Richard Viguerie and Roger Ailes, the GOP sought to remedy its status as a structural minority party byÃâÃÂ ...
April 2, 2018
In more recent decades, banking heir Richard Mellon Scaife spent tens of millions to create a conservative Pittsburgh newspaper and convicted felon Rev. Sun Myung Moon spent billions on his conservative Washington Times. And don't forget Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel. The moral panic overÃâÃÂ ...
March 29, 2018
One of its primary financial underwriters for decades was Cordelia May, the sister of Richard Mellon Scaife, heirs to the Mellon fortune. The FAIR website cites statistics that can be frightening if believed, and warns, “The same open borders that allow millions of illegal aliens to enter the U.S. each year haveÃâÃÂ ...
Duluth News Tribune
March 28, 2018
But the worst element of this concentrated wealth is that it has spawned a political class of billionaires, including the Koch brothers, Richard Mellon Scaife, Harry Bradley, and Scott Mercer. They have invested hundreds of millions to buy influence in the GOP. This dark money has brought new dangers to ourÃâÃÂ ...
Iowa City Press Citizen
March 28, 2018
The real enemy of the American democracy is the Koch network, as exposed by Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Ronald Formisano's "The Tea Party." The Koch network/Kochtopus/alt-Kochs include the Coors beer family; the Waltons of Walmart; the Olin Foundation; Richard Mellon Scaife; Rupert MurdochÃâÃÂ ...
March 9, 2018
Mellon's tax cut saved him millions, too—a rush of new fortune that would, years later, underwrite the political hobbies of his heir Richard Mellon Scaife, a fervid ideologue who expended hundreds of millions of dollars creating the infrastructure of America's contemporary right wing. These millions helpedÃâÃÂ ...
March 7, 2018
In its 45 years of operation, Heritage has fed off demanding oil tycoon heirs such as Richard Mellon Scaife and Shelby Cullom Davis, the relentless Koch brothers and, recently, the Trump-backing Mercer financial interests. Mr. Binion proudly lists some of his organization's successes with Trump, and moreÃâÃÂ ...
The American Prospect
February 27, 2018
Under the direction of the late Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to the fortune of Andrew Mellon, the Scaife foundations in the late 1960s started to direct the majority of their assets toward conservative causes. Scaife helped fund early operations of the Heritage Foundation and the Stanford, California-based andÃâÃÂ ...
The American Prospect
February 12, 2018
Irvine won the support of the billionaire hard-right crusader Richard Mellon Scaife (whose Pittsburgh Tribune-Review later promoted the falsehood that the Clintons were responsible for what he claimed was the murder of White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster). In 1971, the TV Guide writer and AynÃâÃÂ ...
February 5, 2018
The daughter and son of the late billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife can review documents related to three family trusts in their ongoing legal fight with a trio of trustees, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Kathleen Durkin ruled in a decision late Friday. Jennie Scaife, 54, of Florida, and DavidÃâÃÂ ...
February 3, 2018
On the state level, through groups like ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, funded by billionaires like the Koch brothers, Richard Mellon Scaife, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Coors beer family, the conservative movement has campaigned to take over state governments and passÃâÃÂ ...
February 2, 2018
Conservative businessman Richard Mellon Scaife gave $2 million to the American Spectator in the early 1990s to investigate President Bill Clinton's real estate investments and sexual harassment claims against him. Information from the reporting Scaife funded led in part the appointment of Kenneth StarrÃâÃÂ ...
January 23, 2018
Disputes over tens of thousands of pages of documents and at least one key deposition have bedeviled a three-year-old court fight over the late publisher Richard Mellon Scaife's use of a family trust, attorneys revealed at a three-hour courtroom argument Tuesday. Attorneys for David Scaife, 51, and JennieÃâÃÂ ...
December 26, 2017
The siblings allege in the motion that attorney H. Yale Gutnick and his firm, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, are trying to withhold communications involving late publisher Richard Mellon Scaife under attorney-client privilege, even though they held so many roles in his financial empire that theyÃâÃÂ ...
June 7, 2017
The daughter of late Tribune-Review publisher Richard Mellon Scaife has agreed to accept family memorabilia to settle a lawsuit challenging her father's will. Common Pleas Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. on Wednesday signed the agreement ending the challenge of Scaife's will by his daughter, JennieÃâÃÂ ...
June 1, 2017
The daughter of late billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife has tentatively settled a lawsuit regarding his estate, apparently accepting an offer that includes no money but a long list of family items, ranging from Tribune-Review memorabilia to a “gold shadow box containing a Christmas card andÃâÃÂ ...
July 9, 2014
Richard “Dickie” Mellon-Scaife the reclusive billionaire publisher and heir of the 19th century Mellon Bank robber barons died at 82 on Friday, the final punctation of a dark biography of political manipulation and democracy demolition equal or greater to his more public friends the Koch brothers. Scaife'sÃâÃÂ ...
July 7, 2014
The resurgence of rightwing conservatism in America in the last quarter of the 20th century was attributed to various politicians, writers, economists and clergymen, but there was only one important source of financing: the reclusive billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, who has died aged 82. It was Scaife whoÃâÃÂ ...
New York Times
July 4, 2014
Richard Mellon Scaife, the Pittsburgh philanthropist and reclusive heir to the Mellon banking fortune, whose support for right-wing causes laid the foundations for America's modern conservative movement and fueled the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Friday at his home in Pittsburgh.
January 4, 2008
Over many years, in the five households the couple shared, the wife hired scores of servants to help take care of her rich husband. Then, in 2005, she hired someone to tail him. Margaret Ritchie Rhea Battle Scaife (whose friends call her Ritchie) suspected Richard Mellon Scaife (whose friends call him Dick) of committingÃâÃÂ ...
December 31, 1999
4) In one sentence or less, please describe the political style and impact on the nation of the following: Newt Gingrich, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, Richard Mellon Scaife, the Mercer family, the Koch Family, the Bradley Family. Please include details of the positive contributions of each of these to the political lifeÃâÃÂ ...
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