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The Line Forms on the Right: Scaife's Pet Causes

Richard Scaife, center, with then-Vice President Spiro Agnew, right, and Frank Armour at a 1970 GOP fundraiser in Pittsburgh.
Richard Scaife, center, with then-Vice President Spiro Agnew, right, and Frank Armour at a 1970 GOP fundraiser in Pittsburgh. (By Harry Coughanour -- Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

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If you're stunned that Richard Mellon Scaife failed to sign a prenuptial agreement with his second wife, imagine how these groups feel. A look at some of the Pittsburgh billionaire's favorite causes and what he's given them from 1985 through 2006:

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Heritage Foundation, $23 million

Conservative think tank. Proponent of small government, strong national defense and traditional values.

Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, $17.9 million

Conservative think tank. Mission statement includes these questions: "Will America return to the culture that made it great, our traditional, Judeo-Christian, Western culture? Or will we continue the long slide into the cultural and moral decay of political correctness?"

Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, $11.5 million

Think tank associated with Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Hoover Institution, $9.7 million

Think tank of conservative and libertarian scholars, affiliated with Stanford University. Recently named Donald Rumsfeld "a distinguished visiting fellow."

Center for Strategic and International Studies, $8.8 million

Bipartisan think tank, focused on international affairs. Trustees include Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, $8.8 million


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