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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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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

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Henninger High School in Syracuse, New York, during the college affordability bus tour, Aug. 22, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Goodbye, College Ratings (For Now)

The Obama administration recently declared that it would no longer pursue a college ratings system based on accessibility, affordability and student success. And college presidents everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.

Recent Posts

  • 07.23.15

    Sweet Briar Returns

    Sweet Briar College was about to close after struggling with dwindling enrollment and other problems. An alumni group raised more than 20 million dollars in pledges to keep the doors open, but the school's survival is still deeply in doubt.
  • 07.15.15

    The Future of Historically Black Colleges

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities proliferated throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when many white schools refused to admit African Americans, especially in the South. Our guest this week feels HBCUs still serve a crucial role in higher education.
  • 07.07.15

    Talking About Race in Schools

    Over the past year, race relations have dominated the news cycle. This can bring up difficult questions, especially for parents and teachers. Our guest Yolanda Moses says Americans need to find more ways to talk about race in schools.
  • 07.02.15

    Minorities and Special Ed

    For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.