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DREIER, DAVID, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 23
Total cost of trips - $24,566.43

Average cost per trip - $1,068.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 263 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $450.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,450.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Dates - November 9, 2001 - November 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Galapagos Conservancy Foundation
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ecuador

Purpose - to review U.S.-Ecuador environmental and resources-related issues
Notes - Other costs not specified. Attached form disclosing gift from Government of Ecuador - transport $154.10 and accommodation/meals $451.48

Travel Cost - $3,843.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $255.00
Total Cost - $4,798.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 1, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speak and participate in meetings with world economic leaders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $507.50
Lodging Cost - $618.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,425.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 25, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - elected leadership meeting
Notes - no location indicated

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $113.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $190.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 30, 2002 - January 31, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - House/Senate Republican planning conference
Notes - no location indicated, other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $62.50
Lodging Cost - $495.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $165.00
Total Cost - $722.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 29, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,996.00
Lodging Cost - $960.50
Meal Cost - $95.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,051.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2003 - January 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Leadership Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $307.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $717.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $175.00
Lodging Cost - $713.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $888.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute, Inc.
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Michaels, MD

Purpose - Discuss congressional agenda items for this session of Congress
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $593.49
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $900.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Delegation retreat
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - CA delegation conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $111.30
Total Cost - $469.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tech Net Massachusetts, Keane Inc
Dates - October 2, 2000 - October 2, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - technology meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $638.52
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $65.58
Other Cost - $40.75
Total Cost - $744.85

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 31, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,800.00
Lodging Cost - $440.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,440.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Walker Digital
Dates - September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Greenwich, CT

Purpose - fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $445.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 3, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $405.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $425.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American International Group
Dates - April 10, 2000 - April 10, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding meetings
Notes -

Travel Cost - $280.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Empower America
Dates - August 11, 2000 - August 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $605.50
Lodging Cost - $372.24
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,027.74

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Grove
Dates - July 23, 2004 - July 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - San Francisco - Los Angeles This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Principia High School
Dates - June 3, 2004 - June 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Irvington, VA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Irvington, VA - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Institute
Dates - January 29, 2004 - January 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Washington, DC - Phil - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City
Dates - September 16, 2005 - September 19, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Speaking engagement re: agricultural issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Kansas City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $270.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $285.40

Additional family members - No