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ACKERMAN, GARY L, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $33,243.44

Average cost per trip - $4,749.06
Total number of days spent traveling - 32 days
Rank of representative - 195 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Rita Ackerman

Travel Cost - $2,277.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,481.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Rita Ackerman

Travel Cost - $1,784.20
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,789.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation
Dates - August 7, 2001 - August 17, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - NY - London, England - Damascus, Syria - Jerusalem, Israel - Amman, Jordan - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - Cairo, Egypt - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $13,929.12
Lodging Cost - $1,872.66
Meal Cost - $36.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,837.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Long Island Federation of Labor
Dates - September 21, 2003 - September 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Saratose Springs, NY

Purpose - Speak on federal issues
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $133.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $133.64

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Educational (market issues)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $234.00
Lodging Cost - $308.03
Meal Cost - $165.99
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $708.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 11, 2004 - January 15, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - $70 for cell phone

Travel Cost - $3,700.00
Lodging Cost - $850.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $4,970.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - September 12, 2005 - September 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Learn about issues affecting the capital market
Notes -

Travel Cost - $248.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $323.20

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
  • 11.12.14

    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
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    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.