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MILLER, GEORGE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 39
Total cost of trips - $152,699.34

Average cost per trip - $3,915.37
Total number of days spent traveling - 202 days
Rank of representative - 11 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Family Farm Alliance
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 29, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Keynote speaker at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,152.50
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,232.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - To participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - "other" is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $947.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $585.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $2,922.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Worker Rights Consortium
Dates - April 7, 2000 - April 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speaker at Worker Rights Consortium founding conference
Notes - "other" is for cabs and bridge tolls

Travel Cost - $358.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $408.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Phoenix
Dates - April 2, 2000 - April 3, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - fact-finding, briefing on university's education program
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,104.50
Lodging Cost - $219.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,363.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 16, 2000 - August 25, 2000 (10 days)
Location(s) - Prague, Czech Republic

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - dates of personal expense August 16-19 - took wife, Cynthia Miller - "other" is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,465.20
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,685.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Outdoor Recreation Council of America
Dates - January 26, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - ORCA and sporting goods manufacturers association meeting George Miller invited to speak
Notes - Took wife, Cynthia Miller

Travel Cost - $346.00
Lodging Cost - $516.00
Meal Cost - $156.00
Other Cost - $140.00
Total Cost - $1,158.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Took wife, Cynthia Miller

Travel Cost - $2,871.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,275.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Conference of Mayors
Dates - June 10, 2000 - June 11, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - participate in plenary session of annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $320.00
Lodging Cost - $200.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $535.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 27, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - dates of personal expense May 27-28 - took wife, Cynthia Miller

Travel Cost - $863.40
Lodging Cost - $966.00
Meal Cost - $900.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $2,929.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sallie Mae
Dates - June 16, 2000 - June 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Wilkes Barre, PA

Purpose - To learn about student loan servicing
Notes - "other" is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $856.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $8.50
Other Cost - $4.53
Total Cost - $869.03

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of US National security and the global environment.
Notes - Spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,984.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,464.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - to participate in conference on US policy toward Cuba.
Notes - Spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,040.68
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $7,095.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 19, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-Russian relations.
Notes - Spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,580.40
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,080.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AFL-CIO
Dates - February 12, 2001 - February 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Speaker at AFL-CIO Executive Council Winter Meeting
Notes - other costs for airport shuttle

Travel Cost - $1,253.50
Lodging Cost - $370.50
Meal Cost - $84.22
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $1,723.22

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Mondale Lectures on Public Service
Dates - November 18, 2001 - November 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Minneapolis, MN

Purpose - to participate in lecture & panel discussion on children
Notes - other costs for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $2,796.50
Lodging Cost - $207.20
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $3,128.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Lang, Hansen, O'Malley & Miller
Dates - November 4, 2001 - November 4, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Palm Desert, CA

Purpose - Legislative forum on Water
Notes - other costs for car rental

Travel Cost - $423.00
Lodging Cost - $145.48
Meal Cost - $88.00
Other Cost - $42.46
Total Cost - $698.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hubbard Enterprises
Dates - November 21, 2001 - November 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Ruidoso, NM

Purpose - site visit to Fort Stanton, NM for the restoration of Fort Stanton
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,361.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,361.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 25, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. 5/25-5/27 at personal expense. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $3,376.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,726.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 30, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. Other expenses include transportation within China.

Travel Cost - $5,203.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $10,003.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Dates - February 21, 2002 - February 25, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - AACTE 54th Annual Meeting
Notes - spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. Other costs not specified

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $198.80
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $14.88
Total Cost - $313.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in a conference on Islam.
Notes - spouse Cynthia Miller accompanied. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $2,070.20
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $6,345.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - participate in a conference on education
Notes - lodging expenses include meals. Other expenses include ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,265.00
Lodging Cost - $1,185.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $2,500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 21, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - to participate in a conference on US-China Relations
Notes - other costs for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,640.40
Lodging Cost - $1,176.00
Meal Cost - $665.00
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $3,506.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Cynthia Miller. Other expense is for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $2,986.43
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,826.43

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 20, 2003 (11 days)
Location(s) - Moscow, Russia

Purpose - to participate in conference on US-Russia relations
Notes - Child Cynthia Miller accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,008.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $400.00
Total Cost - $8,733.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Fred Friendly Seminars Inc.
Dates - January 21, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - taping for Frontline PBS television series on child welfare
Notes - other expenses for cabs

Travel Cost - $1,702.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $16.00
Other Cost - $118.00
Total Cost - $1,986.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 24, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Cynthia Miller; other costs are for ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $4,160.40
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,810.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - ground transportation - other expenses

Travel Cost - $2,303.10
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $984.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $5,662.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 22, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - participate in conference on Education reform
Notes - spouse - Cynthia Miller - other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $1,785.02
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,025.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Montana Wilderness Assn
Dates - December 3, 2004 - December 5, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Helena, MT

Purpose - Attend and keynote annual convention
Notes - San Francisco - Helena, MT - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $680.08
Lodging Cost - $151.94
Meal Cost - $42.45
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $874.47

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Outdoor Industry Assn
Dates - August 11, 2004 - August 12, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - To meet with Outdoor Industry Association Board Members and attend their trade show
Notes -

Travel Cost - $433.20
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $40.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $623.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sierra Club Foundation
Dates - March 5, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - To participate in an environmental conference, "Progressive Litigation in Perilous Times"
Notes - San Francisco - Salt Lake City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $608.70
Lodging Cost - $678.12
Meal Cost - $220.00
Other Cost - $192.00
Total Cost - $1,698.82

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Willamette Univ
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 11, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Portland, OR

Purpose - To participate in the Dempsey Environmental Lecture and Conference sponsored by Willamette University
Notes - Washington, DC - Portland, OR - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $643.41
Lodging Cost - $64.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $84.00
Total Cost - $791.41

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Policy in Latin America
Notes - Destination: Punta Mita, Mexico San Francisco - Puerto Vallarta - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $1,528.68
Lodging Cost - $2,360.00
Meal Cost - $1,616.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,704.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - San Francisco - Venice, Italy - SF (for George Miller) Personal Expense 8/27 - 9/6 (for Cynthia Miller) San Francisco - Venice, Italy - Paris, France - Washington, DC (for Cynthia Miller)

Travel Cost - $4,635.80
Lodging Cost - $2,112.01
Meal Cost - $1,990.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,937.81

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Int'l Brotherhood of Teamsters
Dates - March 13, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Featured speaker at Teamsters' annual meeting re Social Security & Multi-Employer Benefit Plans
Notes - San Francisco - San Diego - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $618.40
Lodging Cost - $216.68
Meal Cost - $24.47
Other Cost - $17.80
Total Cost - $877.35

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - George Lucas Educational Foundation
Dates - October 28, 2004 - October 28, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Tiburon, CA

Purpose - not specified
Notes - By car: Martinez, CA to Tiburon, CA

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $215.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey

Purpose - To participate in a conference on Political Islam
Notes - San Francisco - Istanbul, Turkey - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 5/28 - 5/29, 2005

Travel Cost - $4,119.10
Lodging Cost - $2,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,519.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 12, 2005 - August 30, 2005 (19 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - San Francisco - Florence, Italy (8/12); Florence - Dublin, Ireland (8/20 - only portion of travel paid by sponsor); Dublin - SF (8/30) Personal expense: 8/12 - 8/20 & 8/27 - 8/30 Conference dates: 8/21 - 8/26* *Conference in Dublin Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,926.80
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,088.80

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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  • 11.10.14

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  • 11.12.14

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