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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 |
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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.

Recent Posts

  • 06.23.15

    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.
  • 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.