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Big Donors Rode On Air Force One, Two

President Clinton rewarded major contributors to the Democratic Party with rides on Air Force One, according to White House documents released Monday.

The contributors who flew aboard the presidential jet or Air Force Two, Vice President Al Gore’s plane, in 1995 and 1996 had given at least $5,000 to the Democratic National Committee or raised at least $25,000 for the DNC or the Clinton-Gore campaign, the White House said.

Between 1995 and 1996, Clinton made 103 trips aboard Air Force One and Marine One, the presidential helicopter.

Approximately 477 guests accompanied Clinton on those flights. Of those guests, 56 contributed to the Clinton-Gore campaign or DNC.

White House counsel Lanny Davis on Monday said the White House did nothing inappropriate.

“Fifty-six out of 477 is not a large number of people,” he said.

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