You might have heard that Billionaire Donald Trump is attempting to “stage” a presidential debate. (Operative word is attempt. Trump called Don Imus’s show this morning and indicated that that he might call it off.). The debate is scheduled to take place December 27 in Des Moines, exactly one week before the Iowa Caucuses.
Newsmax, a popular conservative magazine and online news source, is sponsoring the debate. Billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, is a co-founder of Newsmax. He reportedly owns about 40% of Newsmax. Scaife is the great nephew of famed Pittsburgh banker, and former Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon. He is also an heir to the Mellon fortune and has a net worth (according to Forbes) of $1.2 billion.
Mellon’s conservative/Republican bonafides were called into question this week by Joseph Farah, the editor of Worldnetdaily.com, a competing conservative website. On December 6, Farah wrote
Knowing what I know about both Scaife and Trump, I think Ron Paul made the right call in turning down the debate invitation.
Neither Scaife nor Trump could or should be thought of as constitutionally minded conservative Republicans. They’re just billionaires who use their money and power to promote their own narrow interests.
Farah’s primary complaint about Scaife is that last April, he published an op. ed., “An open letter to fellow conservatives, “Why conservatives should oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.” The following day, Planned Parenthood used his editorial in a full page Wall Street Journal Ad.
One of Scaife’s own deep, dark secrets is that, although he has spread millions around in conservative establishment causes and organizations, including some of Newt Gingrich’s pet projects, his real heart and passion has always been supporting the wholesale slaughter of unborn Americans