Hatch Enjoys Successful Year as a Songwriter

Hatch Enjoys Successful Year as a Songwriter

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(Washington-AP) -- Last year, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch raked in a little more than 20-thousand dollars moonlighting as a songwriter.

That's according to his latest Senate financial disclosure.

It's by far Hatch's most successful year as a songwriter. He earned about 31-thousand dollars between 1997 and 1999 and reported no royalty income in 2000 or 2001.

It comes on top of his 150-thousand dollar Senate salary and investment income.

Hatch began writing songs in 1996.

Since then he has written dozens of religious hymns and soft-rock ballads, including "America United" and "America Rocks!"

Entertainers such as Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond and country music artists Brooks and Dunn have performed Hatch's songs on eleven recordings and on the soundtracks of three movies.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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