JERUSALEM (AP) _ Financier Marc Rich donated $25,000 to the 1993 campaign of Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, one of dozens of Israeli officials who lobbied for his pardon.

Olmert's office said there was no link between the campaign contribution and Olmert's recommendation that President Clinton pardon Rich.

``He did not check his list of (campaign) contributors from seven years earlier'' in making the recommendation, Shelley Ben-Yehuda, a spokeswoman for Olmert, said Thursday. ``In any event, Mr. Olmert believes that Marc Rich's contributions to Jerusalem over the years justified the recommendation.''

Olmert backed a pardon because Rich gave $21 million to Jerusalem's cultural and welfare agencies, educational projects, hospitals, and the Hebrew University, Olmert aide Tal Marom Malovec said Wednesday. The mayor never tried to hide the campaign donation, she said.

Clinton granted the pardon on Jan. 20, his last day as president.

Olmert was one of several prominent Israeli officials, including outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the former head of the Mossad spy agency, Shabtai Shavit, and former Finance Minister Yaakov Neeman, to recommend a presidential pardon.

Israeli officials told Clinton that Rich helped deliver Jews from Yemen, Sudan and Ethiopia and made significant contributions to Israeli society.

Barak spokesman David Baker said Wednesday that the prime minister ``brought to Clinton's attention the very important contribution to Israeli society that Rich has facilitated.''

The comments came as Rich's Swiss-based commodities operation was sold to a subsidiary of a Russian-owned energy trading group. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The Belgian-born Rich grew up in the United States but renounced his U.S. citizenship. He holds Israeli and Spanish citizenship and has lived in Switzerland since 1983, when he was indicted in the United States for evading more than $48 million in taxes, for fraud and for illegal oil deals with Iran.