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LUCAS, KENNETH RAY, Democratic Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $20,356.79

Average cost per trip - $2,908.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 299 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Kentucky Bankers Association
Dates - September 9, 2001 - September 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - To deliver a speech to the convention
Notes - Meals incl in lodging. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $819.10
Lodging Cost - $365.35
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,184.45

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 - Spouse Mary Lucas

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Congressional informational retreat
Notes - Spouse Mary Lucas

Travel Cost - $967.00
Lodging Cost - $491.46
Meal Cost - $872.82
Other Cost - $457.72
Total Cost - $2,789.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - legislative study and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Mary Lucas accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,724.14
Lodging Cost - $1,047.08
Meal Cost - $1,061.96
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,833.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mackinac Island, MI

Purpose - legislative study and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Mary Lucas accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $859.20
Lodging Cost - $1,135.28
Meal Cost - $504.22
Other Cost - $60.56
Total Cost - $2,559.26

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - congressional retreat
Notes - Spouse Mary Lucas accompanied - meals included in lodging expenses

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 7, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - legislative study and fact finding
Notes - 4/6-4/7 on personal expense - spouse Mary Lucas accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,396.90
Lodging Cost - $945.00
Meal Cost - $1,062.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,403.90

Additional family members - Yes

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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    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt was a radio natural. He spoke in a confident, informal way, using simple words and phrases that were easy to grasp.
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    The Roosevelts as a political team

    Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were not the first White House couple to act as political partners, but they were the first to do so in such a public fashion.
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