AP File Photo Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects to discredit President Bill Clinton , has died. He was Scaife died early Friday at his home, his newspaper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported. Scaife's death comes less than two months after he announced in a first-person, front-page story in his Pittsburgh newspaper that he had an untreatable form of cancer.
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Washington CNN -- Richard Mellon Scaife, the billionaire publisher and banking heir who financed conservative causes that included attempts to discredit Bill Clinton while he was president, has died. He was Scaife's death on Friday followed his disclosure less than two months ago that he had terminal cancer, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, one of his newspapers. Republican leaders mourned him. Great newspaperman. Set the highest standard. True patriot for first principles we honor today.
Richard Mellon “Dick” Scaife
Scaife, an unabashed conservative and generous giver to conservative causes, and his charitable foundations have also given millions to women's shelters, environmental groups, and colleges such as Howard University and the University of California at Berkeley. Documents and interviews reveal a side of the money man that is not well known. He has endowed projects at Pepperdine University -- the Malibu, Calif. Starr -- and has given generously to Stanford University, where the president's daughter, Chelsea, is a freshman. Scaife critics note that he has contributed to the American Spectator, the conservative magazine that first reported the incident that led to the Paula Jones lawsuit and, ultimately, the White House sex-and-lies scandal.
No matter how distant the locales he traveled, Dick Scaife kept returning to the comfort of his tranquil childhood surroundings. To him, it was the place with the irresistible pull, the place where his hands could work the soil, the place where he indulged his lifelong love of flowers. When you told him they did, he smiled like a little boy. That warmed his heart. The room home got its name from 10 penguins that roamed the grounds.