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Richard Mellon Scaife, newspaper owner and heir to the Mellon fortune, and funder of right wing causes and candidates since Barry Goldwater, has died of cancer...

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He was praised by John Boehner and Newt Gingrich.

Scaife helped fund campaigns for Richard Nixon. Ronald Reagan and was a major donor in the "investigations" into the finances of Bill Clinton, although he later supported Clinton's social causes after Clinton had left the presidency.

http://en.wikipedia.org/...

Scaife was said to have helped shape the American Right in the 1980's and 1990's.

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