September 25, 2007
It Comes Right Out of Your Pocket

Remember a fat rich kid named Richard Mellon Scaife, the slime artist who bankrolled the slime artists who tried to slime Bill Clinton out of office?

Slime doesn’t come cheap. Perjurers and slanderers and blackmailers and pathological liars and sociopaths and forgers and crooked “journalists” and mad-dog attack lawyers and friendly judges and right-wing stink tanks and sleazy P.I.’s and smear sheets posing as newspapers cost plenty.

How can even a fat rich kid afford all that? Here’s a clue, from the divorce proceedings pitting Richard against his second wife, Ritchie:

“The most remarkable feature of the relevant and material issues of consequence in this case is the number of zeroes after Mr. Scaife’s disposable income,” wrote Ritchie Scaife’s lawyers, Gary Gentile and William Pietragallo II, in a pretrial statement filed Oct. 23. They put his monthly income on earnings from nine various trusts at $3.9 million.

“Incredibly, this fantasia of monthly distributions is taxed at an aggregate rate of slightly less than 15 percent,” they write.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 25, 2007 09:14 AM
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His wikipedia entry also contains some salacious details of his "character":


"A former employee, Pat Minarcin, describes him as having the 'emotional maturity of a 12-year old'."

Scaife also funded the Western Journalism Center, headed by Joseph Farah. Farah has been connected to reconstructionism, a movement to replace judicial law with Christian Old Testament law. The organization is antigay, and would move to punish "practicing homosexuals" by sentencing them to death.

Click on the URL above to read more sordid details.

Posted by: Farquar Tom Foolery on September 25, 2007 10:50 AM

This is slightly off topic, but I noticed somewhere that Scaife's first paper was the Tribune Review located in Greensburg PA. Just wondering if that pseudo-anonymous (at least these days) fellow KC Constantine worked at one of Scaife's papers?

Posted by: Buck on September 25, 2007 11:11 AM

Would $725,000 a month be a national record, I wonder? Anybody know of a bigger one?

And yes, it's more than my life savings. I guess I have to work harder (not that Richard did).

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on September 25, 2007 10:09 PM
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