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Key Player:
Richard Mellon Scaife

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If there is indeed a "right-wing conspiracy" out to get President Clinton, as Hillary Clinton has argued, it is bankrolled by Richard Mellon Scaife.

Scaife, the scion of the Mellon banking family, is a Pittsburgh billionaire whose foundations have bankrolled an array of anti-Clinton activities. He gave one of his largest grants last year to Judicial Watch, the conservative group headed by Larry Klayman that is suing the Clinton administration in 18 separate matters.

His foundations also funded American Spectator magazine's "Arkansas Project," an investigation of alleged Clinton skulduggery in his home state.

In April, the Justice Department asked independent counsel Kenneth Starr to investigate allegations that one of Starr's top Whitewater witnesses, David Hale, was paid off with Scaife money.

But Clinton attorney David Kendall quickly cried foul, noting that Starr himself was deeply indebted to Scaife. Scaife is a major benefactor of the fledgling public policy school at Pepperdine University, where Starr had accepted a deanship that he intended to take after completing his job. (Starr ultimately turned down the job.)

Anti-Clinton Billionaire Goes Before Grand Jury (Sept. 29, 1998)
Foundation Gave $550,000 to Anti-Clinton Group (June 10, 1998)
A Cloud Over Starr Witness (April 19,1998)
Starr Declines Pepperdine Because of Investigation (April 17, 1998)
Clinton Lawyer Renews Assault on Prosecutor (April 14, 1998)

(Updated October 2, 1998)

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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