Sarah Scaife Foundation
The Sarah Scaife Foundation is the largest of a trio of foundations controlled by the late Richard Mellon Scaife, an heir to the fortune of his great uncle, Andrew Mellon. Set up by Richard’s mother, Sarah, the Scaife family’s foundations were relatively apolitical until Sarah’s death in 1965 when Richard assumed greater control of the family fortune and was able to direct his wealth toward the growth of a conservative infrastructure. By 1976, over half of the Scaife foundations’ grant money went to conservative organizations and causes. Scaife was credited with helping to “fund the creation of the modern conservative movement in America” through his foundations and personal wealth. Scaife died in July 2014 at the age of 82.
- In the 1990s, Richard Mellon Scaife, chairman of the Sarah Scaife Foundation, funded numerous projects in an effort to taint the public images of Bill and Hillary Clinton, leading Hillary to call Scaife the man behind the “vast right wing conspiracy.”
- The Sarah Scaife Foundation, along with other foundations controlled by the Scaife family, has funded several anti-immigrant groups, including ProEnglish, NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
- Richard Mellon Scaife is vice chairman of the Heritage Foundation, a minority owner of the conservative publication Newsmax, and owner and publisher of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.