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Hollywood producer provided private plane to U.S. journalists returning from N. Korea

August 5, 2009 | 12:20 pm


Stephen Bing, a Hollywood producer and friend of former President Bill Clinton, provided his own private jet to fly home the two L.A.-area journalists who had been held captive in North Korea,

An official at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank confirmed to the Associated Press that Bing owns the plane that carried Clinton, Euna Lee and Laura Ling home early this morning.

The wire service has more:

Bing was a multimillion-dollar donor to pro-Democratic groups that ran ads against Republican President George W. Bush in the 2004 campaign. He also donated at least $5 million to pay for a new Democratic National Committee headquarters in 2002, when Clinton loyalist Terry McAuliffe headed the party.

Bing contributed $40.1 million of the total $45.7 million raised to support a failed 2006 California ballot initiative that sought to tax companies drilling for oil in California. Bing's contributions were funneled through his Shangri-La Entertainment company.

Photo credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times