Rimes made political donations to both Obama and then-Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE during the 2008 presidential race, according to Federal Election Commission records. She also contributed to Obama's 2012 reelection campaign and even volunteered at a phone bank for him.

Obama also reappointed to the board Carlyle Group CEO David Rubenstein, who was first appointed in 2004. In 2010 he was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Kennedy Center.

In January, Rubenstein pledged to give $50 million to the Kennedy Center. The wealthy Washington businessman has also given $5 million to the National Book festival, $4.5 million o the National Zoo for its panda habitat and $7.5 million to help repair the Washington Monument from earthquake damage. Forbes estimates his worth at $3 billion.

Then-President George W. Bush originally appointed Rubenstein to the board. Rubenstein, who worked in the Carter White House, has close ties to the Bush family: former President George H.W. Bush served as an adviser to the Carlyle Group.