September 2, 2014
"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen" --Samuel Adams
Richard Mellon Scaife
Richard Mellon Scaife (born July 3, 1932) was an American billionaire and newspaper publisher. Scaife owned and published the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. With $1.2 billion, Scaife, a principal heir to the Carnegie-Mellon banking, oil, and aluminum fortune, was No. 283 on the 2005 Forbes 400. In May, 2014, he announced that he had untreatable cancer. [Link] On Friday, July 4th, 2014, Richard Mellon Scaife died at the age of 82. [Link] Scaife has been a huge financial supporter of Heritage Foundation for many decades, as well as being on their board of trustees for years. [Link]
Scaife provided support for a variety of organizations through the private, non-profit foundations he controlled: the Sarah Scaife Foundation (2012-990), Carthage Foundation, and Allegheny Foundation, and until 2001, the Scaife Family Foundation 2012-990), now controlled by his daughter Jennie and son David, children by his first wife. He was thought of as a neo-conservative donor, yet he funded both sides of the aisle.
Then there's the Colcom Foundation (2012-990), run by Scaife's sister, Cordelia Scaife May, until her death in 2005. Scroll down in the 990 form to the grants, and you'll see that Cordelia May funded population control proponents, environmentalists, Carnegie-Mellon, the Nature Conservancy, John Tanton's organizations, etc. Cordelia Scaife May was an environmentalist committed to population control, and believed limiting immigration was the best way to do it. She founded the Colcom Foundation to advance this goal, providing tens of millions to anti-immigrant groups, as well as funding environmental organizations. I would agree to limiting immigration, but not for the same reasons Cordelia and Richard had for funding these organizations.
Cordelia May was a close friend of John Tanton, another conservationist turned anti-immigration activist, responsible for the creation of a network of anti-immigrant groups, such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and Numbers USA, headed by Roy Beck. The latter is promoting E-Verify, which would subject all Americans to an international databank. How would you like to go through a federal data bank in order to get a job? Since 2001, Colcom has been the primary funder for many groups in the anti-immigrant John Tanton Network, giving over $17 million to Numbers USA, almost $15 million to FAIR, and more than $6 million to CIS.
Richard Mellon Scaife had long agreed with his sister, Cordelia Richard Scaife. Through his management of the Carthage Foundation and the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and together with the Scaife Family Foundation (controlled by Richard Scaife’s children since 2001), he strongly supported Tanton's organizations with huge donations. He has donated more than $4 million to FAIR and more than $3 million to CIS since the early 1990s. Additionally, since 2001, the Scaife foundations have given Numbers USA $987,500. So let's take a closer look at the Tanton Network.
John Tanton's Numbers USA
Many conservatives are familiar with Roy Beck from Numbers USA. Roy Beck is the heir apparent to John Tanton's network. Numbers USA has maintained a number of questionable contacts, such as the brazen Holocaust denier Jim Rizoli, who was listed as the group’s state contact for Massachusetts in early 2011. In its 2009 video, “Immigration 103—American Trauma: Jobs and the Economy,” Numbers USA featured the testimony of Roan Garcia-Quintana, a board member of the white nationalist organization, Council of Conservative Citizens. At a CofCC national conference, Garcia-Quintana stated, “There are three types of people in the world: Negroids, Mongroids, and Caucasians.”
From 1977 to 1981, columnist Samuel T. Francis was a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., specializing in foreign affairs, terrorism, and intelligence and internal security issues. Francis also wrote the Council of Conservative Citizens' platform, the "Statement of Principles." Francis was editor of the Citizens Informer quarterly newsletter (published by the Council of Conservative Citizens) and an editor of The Occidental Quarterly, a white nationalist journal edited by Kevin Lamb and sponsored by William Regnery II.
Roy Beck’s writings have appeared on the anti-immigrant blog VDARE.com. VDARE was founded by the white nationalist, Peter Brimelow, and regularly features anti-Semitic, homophobic, and flagrantly racist authors and articles. VDARE has long allowed Tanton personnel to bridge the gap between the more concealed bigotry of their anti-immigrant project and their explicit white nationalist tendencies.
Just who is John Tanton, and what does he represent? Here is a list of his networks, and notice population control and eugenics. John Tanton M.D. is "publisher of The Social Contract," and served as editor for its first 8 years. He is a retired eye surgeon whose boyhood on a farm made him into an ardent "greenie" conservationist and advocate for the environment.
His conviction that continued human population growth was a large part of the conservation problem led him to chair the National Sierra Club Population Committee (1971-74), and to the national board of Zero Population Growth (1973-78, including a term as president, 1975-77). In 1979, Tanton shifted his focus towards fighting immigration to reduce the U.S. population, and organized the anti-immigrant Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) based in Washington, D.C. Since then, Tanton has formed, funded, or otherwise been affiliated with many prominent anti-immigration organizations, in what has been termed the John Tanton Network. He is also closely affiliated with a number of white supremacist organizations such as the Pioneer Fund, whose founders included CNP charter member, Senator Jesse Helms. Tanton's close relationships with white nationalists and eugenics is documented at the Center for New Community.
Planned Parenthood Funding
Both Richard Mellon Scaife and his sister, Cordelia, were major donors to abortion rights advocates, and both have given millions to Planned Parenthood. Their mother, Sarah Mellon Scaife's, favorite causes were population control, environmental conservation, and hospitals. As a matter of fact, Dick Scaife took out a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, April 4, 2011. It was an open letter from Scaife to fellow conservatives, entitled, "Why Conservatives Should Oppose Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood."
Obviously from his statements in this letter, he loved Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger. Scaife called abortions a “minor aspect of Planned Parenthood’s mission” even though they recently announced that all affiliates should prepare to operate at least one abortion clinic over the course of the next two years. If abortions are so minor, why the plan for expansion?[Link]
It has always been my belief that our nation has lost the blessings of God because of our murder of innocents in their mothers' wombs, and euthanizing our elderly. We are a culture of death. Yet, politicians, Tea Parties, and even our churches will not speak of these social issues which have destroyed the fabric and culture of American life and lifted the blessings of God from our nation.
In Part 12, of this series, we'll take a look at a few of the top organizations funded by this so-called conservative, Richard Mellon Scaife, as well as his devotion and funding of Heritage Foundation.
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Kelleigh Nelson has been researching the Christian right and their connections to the left, the new age, and cults since 1975. Formerly an executive producer for three different national radio talk show hosts, she was adept at finding and scheduling a variety of wonderful guests for her radio hosts. She and her husband live in Knoxville, TN, and she has owned her own wholesale commercial bakery since 1990. Prior to moving to Tennessee, Kelleigh was marketing communications and advertising manager for a fortune 100 company in Ohio. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she was a Goldwater girl with high school classmate, Hillary Rodham, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Kelleigh is well acquainted with Chicago politics and was working in downtown Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention riots. Kelleigh is presently the secretary for Rocky Top Freedom Campaign, a strong freedom advocate group.