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Donna Rice

February 10, 2011 by Post Team 

Donna Rice, Donna Rice Hughes (born January 7, 1958) is chairman and president of Enough Is Enough, a U.S. non-profit in the anti-prnography aimed at making the Internet safer for families and children. Previously, she was a key figure in a highly publicized political scandal in 1987 that ended the second campaign for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States, Gary Hart amid allegations of marital infidelity. Since the mid-1990s, she worked as anti-prnography.

The daughter of a highway engineer and secretary, Donna Rice spent her childhood in Florida, Georgia (Atlanta), and South Carolina. A self-described-achiever, she began a modeling career at 13 years and maintained a weighted average grade in high school while attending church services and working part time as a clerk in a store selling clothes.

Rice graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1980, where she was both a student honors and cheerleader. His senior year, she said: “I began to compromise my Christian values – partying and dating guys who were not Christians.” After she graduated from the university, Rice stopped attends religious services.

Rice claims to have then been raped (by an older man she was dating), and also to have been too ashamed to report the incident. She said that rape was “a turning point in my life, the catalyst that propelled me into another unhealthy lifestyle.” She entered and won the Miss South Carolina beauty pageant in the world and then to New York to attend the national pageant. Although she did not win, she remained in New York to pursue a modeling career and quality.

After a relative lack of success in New York, Rice moved to Miami, where she worked as a television actress commercial for a pharmaceutical company and a marketing firm small. In March 1987, she met with former Senator Gary Hart at a Miami fundraiser.

Ms Rice met her future husband, Jack Hughes, a blind date in 1991, and they were married May 7, 1994.

From 1994 to 1999, Donna Rice Hughes has worked as communications director and vice president of Enough Is Enough, nonprofit, anti-prnography organization that works to help former industrial workers, and campaigns “to make the Internet safer for children and families.” The group effectively lobbied Congress to include restrictions against obscenity online in the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Senator James Exon of Nebraska, co-sponsor of the measure, Hughes credited with helping to find common ground between conservative Christians and pro-business Republicans on the issue, groups that had been feuding. Hughes has been recognized as an influential lobbyist, and in 1998 it had become a recognized leader nationally in the fight against online prnography. Steve Case, CEO of America Online, called it “an essential voice in the debate on how we best build this new medium and make it a safe place for families.” The group also lobbied for the Children Act Internet Protection of 2000, the group and Hughes in particular were the main drivers of its possible adoption.

In 1999, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has appointed Rice Hughes to a congressional committee.

Since 2002, she was president and chairman of the enough is enough. She also co-authored a book entitled Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace (ISBN 0-8007-5672-X). In her role as an activist, she has neither hidden nor the promotion of its former reputation, but the activity helped her overcome her sexually stigmatized past.

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