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The First Family of Radio

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CROWLEY, JOSEPH, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 24
Total cost of trips - $93,819.29

Average cost per trip - $3,909.14
Total number of days spent traveling - 106 days
Rank of representative - 41 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2000 - April 30, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - DLC Annual Retreat
Notes - Accompanied by wife Kasey Crowley

Travel Cost - $560.00
Lodging Cost - $421.80
Meal Cost - $286.00
Other Cost - $75.20
Total Cost - $1,343.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Population Action International, U.S. Committee for UNFPA
Dates - April 14, 2000 - April 23, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Johannesburg, South Africa - Malawi

Purpose - visit HIV/AIDS projects, family planning, child survival
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,925.00
Lodging Cost - $1,737.90
Meal Cost - $565.10
Other Cost - $133.20
Total Cost - $10,361.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Meetings with Taiwanese officials, meetings with business leaders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,730.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $4,510.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch
Dates - January 23, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Led freshman delegation to NYSE
Notes - Accompanied by wife Kasey Crowley

Travel Cost - $327.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $405.00
Total Cost - $732.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $350.88
Lodging Cost - $259.00
Meal Cost - $78.00
Other Cost - $142.00
Total Cost - $829.88

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - unknown
Dates - August 24, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cyprus

Purpose - Speech and conference
Notes - Unclear spelling of sponsor's name.

Travel Cost - $3,518.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $145.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,813.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - April 18, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speech to community advocates
Notes -

Travel Cost - $173.50
Lodging Cost - $104.34
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $277.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 1, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - Conference on Economic Development in Eastern
Notes - Unclear spelling of sponsor's name.

Travel Cost - $1,807.00
Lodging Cost - $546.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,503.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Assn
Dates - January 11, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Bangalore, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh - New Delhi, India

Purpose - to discuss trade and economic development issues, to visit Bangladesh garment industry
Notes - spouse Kasey Nilson Crowley. Free accommodation in government guest house.

Travel Cost - $1,812.72
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,312.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Bangalore, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - education visit to meet with business and government officials, speech to CII in Bangalore, India
Notes - spouse Kasey Nilson Crowley

Travel Cost - $14,991.40
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $438.00
Other Cost - $443.88
Total Cost - $16,873.28

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - April 15, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Bombay, India - New Delhi, India

Purpose - Speeches to business groups, meeting with government officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $278.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $432.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 12, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar - New Delhi, India

Purpose - Speech and participating in conference on free trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $11,747.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $12,497.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 3, 2003 - August 7, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Yerevan, Armenia

Purpose - Meet with Israeli leaders, visit military sites, discuss US-Israel partnership
Notes - Other costs are for in country transportation and country visa. Trip was filed with Armenian trip - no breakdown of which sponsor paid for what given.

Travel Cost - $6,448.30
Lodging Cost - $1,061.83
Meal Cost - $452.19
Other Cost - $655.62
Total Cost - $8,617.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Armenian National Committee of America
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Yerevan, Armenia

Purpose - Meet with government officials, visit USAID projects
Notes - Trip was filed with Israel trip but paid for by separate sponsor - no breakdown of which sponsor paid for which part given.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Financial Services Roundtable
Dates - May 21, 2004 - May 21, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - To address housing policy council
Notes - Other cost car service for day in Chicago

Travel Cost - $178.20
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $426.00
Total Cost - $604.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Committee for the UN Population Fund
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dominican Republic

Purpose - Fact finding regarding health and family planning programs funded by UNFPA and USAID
Notes - other costs translators, medical insurance, visa-Kasey Crowley, spouse-date at personal expense 02/22/2004

Travel Cost - $3,312.66
Lodging Cost - $634.40
Meal Cost - $226.00
Other Cost - $476.00
Total Cost - $4,649.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of India Industry
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (15 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, Bangladesh

Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, speech to businessmen visit to Bangladesh to meet with government officials, businessmen, UNFPA projects, Grameen Bank
Notes - Other cost inner city transportation (shuttles from hotel to airport, etc)

Travel Cost - $6,491.78
Lodging Cost - $1,921.98
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $175.00
Total Cost - $8,888.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Democratic Congressional Delegation trip to learn about equity markets
Notes -

Travel Cost - $94.00
Lodging Cost - $302.85
Meal Cost - $165.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 15, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Singapore

Purpose - Discussions about Homeland Security, border security, education
Notes - Washington, DC - Singapore - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $5,932.00
Lodging Cost - $932.40
Meal Cost - $336.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,200.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 15, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Sri Lanka

Purpose - Visit tsunami affected region of Sri Lanka, see first hand the work of UNFPA dealing in a refugee situation
Notes - Singapore - Sri Lanka - Singapore

Travel Cost - $574.00
Lodging Cost - $276.52
Meal Cost - $151.45
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,001.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Bankers Assn
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Speech for 2005 Legislative Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Naples, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $614.80
Lodging Cost - $499.00
Meal Cost - $74.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,187.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Led a trip to NYSE for Democratic Freshmen Members to see the importance of the market.
Notes - Washington, DC - New York, NY - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $257.20
Lodging Cost - $358.39
Meal Cost - $216.47
Other Cost - $284.35
Total Cost - $1,116.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Futures Industry of America, New York Mercantile
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Participate in Futures Conference, speak on Financial Services Committee Perspective
Notes - Washington, DC - Boca Raton, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,388.00
Lodging Cost - $451.95
Meal Cost - $193.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,033.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Spring retreat, Congressional participation
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $606.02
Lodging Cost - $566.74
Meal Cost - $199.55
Other Cost - $99.52
Total Cost - $1,471.83

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
(Photos: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library)

The First Family of Radio

When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt both used the new medium of radio to reach into American homes like never before. They rallied the nation to combat the Great Depression and fight fascism. The Roosevelts forged an uncommonly personal relationship with the people. This documentary explores how FDR and ER's use of radio revolutionized the way Americans relate to the White House and its occupants.

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  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

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