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ALLEN, THOMAS H, Democratic Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $79,591.11

Average cost per trip - $4,681.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 58 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Drummond, Woodsum & Macmahon
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak before American Bar Association -- Installation even for Robert Hirshon from Portland, ME as president
Notes - Transportation Costs: "highest commercial fare available"

Travel Cost - $675.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $690.00

Additional family members - No


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 Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,221.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,425.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $11,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,790.50
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,350.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 11, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to speak in a conference about trade
Notes - staffer went to same place and filled in Miami, FL for destination.

Travel Cost - $746.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Health Policy Conference
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $1,465.50
Lodging Cost - $1,336.50
Meal Cost - $828.00
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $3,719.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Education
Notes - Other costs are $35 for jacket, $9.95 for tote bag

Travel Cost - $562.00
Lodging Cost - $438.44
Meal Cost - $237.50
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,282.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,565.10
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,165.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US China relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,880.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,260.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,814.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,519.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan congressional health policy conference
Notes - doesnt specify what other cost was

Travel Cost - $522.86
Lodging Cost - $884.90
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $1,938.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Notes -

Travel Cost - $840.50
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $1,527.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $7,212.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,812.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Energy Board
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Attending the annual Keystone Energy Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $379.40
Lodging Cost - $360.09
Meal Cost - $131.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $870.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan health policy conference
Notes - Portland - Ft Lauderdale - Portland

Travel Cost - $621.76
Lodging Cost - $904.50
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,528.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Ship Building Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - District - Ft Myers - District

Travel Cost - $810.91
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $290.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,469.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Clinical Research Professionals
Dates - April 6, 2005 - April 6, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Panel discussion on prescription drug re-importation
Notes - Portland, ME - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $284.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $284.10

Additional family members - No

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Kids playing video games. Photo: sean dreilinger via Flickr.

Learning from Video Games

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.

Recent Posts

  • 06.17.15

    Teaching the Birds and the Bees

    For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
  • 06.11.15

    What can Japan teach us about teaching?

    Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.
  • 05.28.15

    Divestment on Campus

    Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?