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The First Family of Radio

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MCINTYRE, MIKE, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $12,274.67

Average cost per trip - $2,045.78
Total number of days spent traveling - 18 days
Rank of representative - 401 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
Dates - June 4, 2000 - June 5, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlotte, NC

Purpose - Speaking engagement related to official duties
Notes -

Travel Cost - $363.00
Lodging Cost - $163.13
Meal Cost - $56.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $582.61

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - to improve the effectiveness and quality of the legislative environment of the House of Representatives
Notes - Spouse Dee McIntyre and son Stephen accompanied. Meals included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $189.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,139.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Campbell University School of Law
Dates - June 22, 2002 - June 23, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Wilmington, NC

Purpose - speaking appearance at the NC Bar Association Annual Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $160.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $160.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Fact Finding Trip to discuss policy issues related to official duties
Notes - Spouse Dee McIntyre accompanied. Other costs are for taxi.

Travel Cost - $859.20
Lodging Cost - $567.64
Meal Cost - $504.22
Other Cost - $55.00
Total Cost - $1,986.06

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - educational trip regarding high-tech issues as related to official duties
Notes - Spouse Dee McIntyre accompanied.

Travel Cost - $4,070.00
Lodging Cost - $1,046.00
Meal Cost - $1,060.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,176.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - March 25, 2004 - March 28, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Meetings / policy discussion of federal issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Amelia Island, FL (return home was via member's own vehicle) Including spouse * spouse drove at personal expense and lodging was not additional for spouse

Travel Cost - $253.00
Lodging Cost - $1,044.00
Meal Cost - $934.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,231.00

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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    The Roosevelts as a political team

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