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Richard Mellon Scaife, major US conservative donor, dies at 82

Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, walks onstage before conceding the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston on November 7, 2012Richard Mellon Scaife, a major US donor to conservative causes and heir to a sizeable banking fortune, died Friday according to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a newspaper that he owned. In a column that appeared in the publication in May, Scaife said he suffered from “an untreatable form of cancer.” The billionaire’s long list of causes included bankrolling investigations into Bill and Hillary Clinton, among them a probe into sex scandals that ultimately led to President Clinton’s impeachment. He gave $1 million for the re-election of former president Richard Nixon, reports said, and was an ardent backer of former president Ronald Reagan.

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