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LAFALCE, JOHN J, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $27,301.66

Average cost per trip - $3,900.24
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 239 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - January 11, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Frankfurt, Germany - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - "US-Germany Roundtables for the 21st century"
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,775.71
Lodging Cost - $1,448.42
Meal Cost - $668.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,892.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Niagara Falls, NY

Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Notes - spouse meal -- 405 each, member and spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $796.00
Meal Cost - $810.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,606.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Italian American Foundation
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 23, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy - Calabria, Italy

Purpose - Exchange of political and legislative ideas between Italian officials and members of Congress
Notes - Spouse Patricia LaFalce, other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,642.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $3,742.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - To participate in conference on education
Notes - Spouse Patricia LaFalce

Travel Cost - $1,360.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,493.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 16, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on U.S. policy towards Cuba
Notes - Child Martin LaFalce

Travel Cost - $2,903.26
Lodging Cost - $1,884.00
Meal Cost - $990.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $5,827.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Friends of Bilderberg, Inc.
Dates - May 30, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chantilly, VA

Purpose - Not specified
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $910.59
Meal Cost - $326.56
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,237.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 14, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Islam
Notes - other expenses include ground transportation

Travel Cost - $1,463.70
Lodging Cost - $2,340.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,503.70

Additional family members - No

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