To see them nude:
Rich is the estranged wife of
fugitive businessman Marc Rich, who fled the U.S. for Switzerland
after indictments in 1983 for tax evasion, fraud, and racketeering.
The couple is in the middle of an ugly divorce (a settlement
could cost him $500 million). Both are longtime supporters of
The National Enquirer is accusing Denise of having been a frequent visitor to the White House as a guest of the President -- even while Hillary was away, and that the first lady even knew about the affair!
New York-based Denise first
came to prominence as a Manhattan socialite and wife of the
billionaire commodities trader. She took up songwriting at
around the same time, originally as a method of addressing
her already-troubled marriage. But by 1986 - when one of her
first compositions, "Frankie," became a number one R&B hit
for Sister Sledge - Rich was pursuing her music in earnest.
Since then, Rich's compositions having been recorded by Aretha
Franklin and Mary J. Blige (their hit duet "Don't Waste Your
Time"), Celine Dion, Marc Anthony, Patti LaBelle, Mandy Moore,
Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Innosense, Allure, Terry Dexter,
Taylor Dayne, Johnny Mathis, Oleta Adams, Phyllis Hyman, Chaka
Khan, Martha Wash, Nana Mouskouri and Grover Washington Jr.
"I have always found that the best success is when you write
for the artist," Rich says. "That way you can talk with them
and find out how they want to say it. It's more honest."
Despite her songwriting success, Rich is equally
well-known in Manhattan social circles for her lavish, star-studded
fundraising soirees (that's her in the photo above, giving bill hot sax), which have benefited humanitarian organizations
like Lifebeat, as well as the Democratic National Committee.
But her songwriting remains Denise Rich's most
personal passion. "I think that I bring a very universal quality
in my songs," she says, "because I listen and I write from
feelings and emotions." You can visit her personal web site here.
Result: The ex-wife
of pardoned financier Marc Rich said her political donations
of more than $1 million to Democrats since 1993 were unrelated
to President Clinton's grant of clemency to her ex-husband
during Bubba's last few hours in office. But prior to
1991, Denise made no political donations to federal candidates
for office, according to Federal Election Commission records.
In 1991 and 1992, her political donations were just $3,000,
most of it given to Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
But she donated over $1.1 million to the Democratic Party
from 1993 through September; $7,000 to Hillary Rodham
Clinton's Senate campaign committee and $20,000 to other
Democratic candidates for Congress, according to the FEC
database. She also donated a thousand dollars to Republican
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's exploratory Senate campaign
committee in 1999 and $2,000 to Sen. Alfonse D'Amato,
another Republican, following his Whitewater congressional
investigation of the Clintons. The pardon has drawn strong
criticism. Giuliani, a former Justice Department official
and federal prosecutor who withdrew from his Senate race
against the first lady, urged Congress to look into Clinton's
pardon of Rich.
"For my next song, Lynn Anderson's 'I Beg Your Pardon...'"
Mary Jo White said her office had been ''bypassed'' by the
Clinton White House as the president's aides considered the
arguments of Rich, his indicted business partner and several
other defendants charged in White's jurisdiction, the southern
district of Manhattan. ''We were totally unaware that pardons
for Marc Rich'' and his business partner ''were even under
consideration,'' said White. Rich was a fugitive and ''I have
a hard time seeing how he qualifies for a pardon,'' said Dick
Thornburgh, who served as attorney general during the Reagan
and Bush administrations. Thornburgh also objected because
Clinton administration officials ''bypassed the normal process
and kept the application secret from the law enforcement officials
who brought the charges..."
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