Richard Mellon Scaife
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Richard Mellon Scaife is a billionaire heir to the Mellon family fortune made on oil, banking, and aluminum businesses. He was the chief financier behind the "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy" that spent most of the 1990s trying to get Bill Clinton out of the White House. A number of conspiracy theories surround Scaife, and he himself is given to whacked-out conspiracy theories.
During the 1990s, he bankrolled a number of organizations and news outlets that attempted to dig up dirt on Clinton, including Accuracy in Media, American Spectator, Christopher Ruddy of Scaife's Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (who ironically gave Clinton a positive review in a 2007 article) and Judicial Watch, which filed a number of lawsuits against Clinton. These groups pushed a number of Clinton conspiracy theories, mostly surrounding the death of Vince Foster and allegations that Clinton had run a drug smuggling ring in Arkansas in collaboration with the CIA. A common moonbat conspiracy is that Scaife had intimate ties to Kenneth Starr and the two orchestrated the vast right-wing conspiracy in a smoke-filled room somewhere. Starr did in fact belong to a couple of Scaife-funded organizations including the Washington Legal Foundation, but there is no evidence the two met to work together against Clinton. In addition, it was Starr's investigation that ruled Foster's death a suicide while Scaife-backed propaganda organs continued to push the conspiracy theories. Another moonbat conspiracy is that Scaife put a hit on Steve Kangas, a Las Vegas-based investor in gambling operations and proprietor of a website called Liberalism Resurgent (which contained anti-Scaife material), who committed suicide in 1999.
Scaife himself has an interest in intelligence operations and is prone to seeing "Reds under the bed" and some of his outlets like Accuracy in Media push Bircher-esque conspiracy theories about socialist and United Nations takeovers of the US. They are also big backers of global warming conspiracy theories and denialism.
 See also
- Newsmax, now mostly owned by Christopher Ruddy
- Burnett, Thom. Conspiracy encyclopedia pp. 128-130 
- Knight, Peter (ed.) Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia. pp. 645-646