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COLE, TOM, Republican Party
Oklahoma

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $38,069.50

Average cost per trip - $3,172.46
Total number of days spent traveling - 46 days
Rank of representative - 169 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Food Processing Association
Dates - August 19, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Tour food processing plants to learn about safety procedures, food processing, labeling and packaging.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $360.00
Lodging Cost - $435.00
Meal Cost - $301.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,096.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Orientation for new members of congress
Notes - I inadvertently failed to file the appropriate paperwork for this trip within the required 30-day window. I have taken steps within my office to ensure future compliance. Received by LRC 02/17/2004

Travel Cost - $21.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $148.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $519.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 21, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Educational - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - Other costs audiovisual incidentals-transportation by bus

Travel Cost - $63.75
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $267.18
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $670.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Honolulu, HI

Purpose - Participate in a conference on US-China relations.
Notes - Ellen Cole, spouse, meals were $200 per person per day, other costs was ground transportation

Travel Cost - $4,018.96
Lodging Cost - $3,350.00
Meal Cost - $3,200.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,768.96

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the global environment.
Notes - Ellen Cole, spouse-lodging cost was per couple-meals $800 per person, form signed 02/06/2004

Travel Cost - $4,582.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,032.20

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S. policy in Latin America
Notes - Oklahoma City, OK - Punta Mita, Mexico - Oklahoma City, OK

Travel Cost - $1,096.84
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,064.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - February 3, 2005 - February 5, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Conservative members retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $113.40
Lodging Cost - $212.63
Meal Cost - $304.47
Other Cost - $39.41
Total Cost - $669.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pre Paid Legal Services Inc
Dates - September 24, 2004 - September 25, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Pre Paid Legal Services, Inc bi annual convention
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $412.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $412.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Princeton Univ
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 4, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Princeton, NJ

Purpose - Participate in polarization conference
Notes - OKC - Princeton, NJ - DC

Travel Cost - $716.60
Lodging Cost - $280.00
Meal Cost - $83.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,079.83

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Institute of Politics
Dates - April 4, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Spoke to a class of students about being a Member of Congress
Notes - Washington, DC - Boston, MA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $497.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $532.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Koch Industries
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 29, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wichita, KS

Purpose - Congressman Cole participated in Koch Industries policy forum
Notes - Norman, OK - Wichita, KS - Norman, OK I inadvertently failed to file the appropriate paperwork for this trip within the required 30 day window. I have taken steps with my office to ensure future compliance.

Travel Cost - $594.25
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $11.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $605.25

Additional family members - No


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 - Washington, DC - Istanbul, Turkey - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $3,767.15
Lodging Cost - $2,250.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,617.15

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
Martin Luther King Jr. is jostled in Memphis as the march he's leading on March 28, 1968 turns violent. Photo courtesy University of Memphis Libraries.

King's Last March

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Four decades later, King remains one of the most vivid symbols of hope for racial unity in America. But that's not the way he was viewed in the last year of his life.

Recent Posts

  • 01.22.15

    Free Community College for All

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  • 01.14.15

    What’s in a number?

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    Following the Money in Education Philanthropy

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  • 12.23.14

    Who’s missing from the achievement gap debate?

    The achievement gap refers to the disparities in academic success between lower-income students of color and their more affluent white counterparts. But according to Quyen Dinh, executive director of the national advocacy organization Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), one group often left out of the conversation is Southeast Asian American students.