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UDALL, TOM, Democratic Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $89,891.56

Average cost per trip - $6,420.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 83 days
Rank of representative - 45 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 3, 2000 - March 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights March
Notes - took wife, Jill Cooper Udall; member personally paid $1,000 toward transportation expenses for spouse

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Politically Incorrect
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 27, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - News and analysis program
Notes - transportation is for limousine and airfare, lodging is for the Renaissance Beverly Hills Hotel

Travel Cost - $647.00
Lodging Cost - $188.10
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $835.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the convergence of US national security and the global environment.
Notes - Spouse Jill Cooper Udall accompanied.

Travel Cost - $5,175.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,455.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Jill Cooper Udall accompanied. Other costs are for registration fees and were paid by the campaign. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - conference on global environment
Notes - Spouse Jill Cooper Udall accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,884.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,034.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany

Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall

Travel Cost - $2,064.40
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,564.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Bethesda, MD

Purpose - leadership training in "leading with courage and compassion"
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall - lodging includes meal costs

Travel Cost - $25.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - conference on political Islam
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall - other covers ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,860.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,350.00
Other Cost - $250.00
Total Cost - $6,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - conference on the global environment
Notes - with spouse Jill Cooper Udall - other covers ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,063.20
Lodging Cost - $5,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,563.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - conference on education reform
Notes - spouse Jill Cooper Udall - Jill Cooper Udall stayed until 2/22 - Tom Udall stayed until 2/23 but at his own expense

Travel Cost - $3,125.62
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,745.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Conservation International
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 19, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Madagascar - South Africa

Purpose - land conservation - visits to land and animal preserves
Notes - spouse Jill Cooper Udall - other costs were gifts

Travel Cost - $14,032.30
Lodging Cost - $1,164.96
Meal Cost - $480.00
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $15,762.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes - Washington, DC - Punta Mita, Mexico - Albuquerque, NM

Travel Cost - $2,106.48
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,074.48

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference on the global environment
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,288.40
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $11,088.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,681.50
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,131.50

Additional family members - Yes

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Video games: New literacy for a complex world

Author James Paul Gee says video games are problems to solve that come with their own tools. He says they're like "an external mind," and teachers should use them in classrooms.

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