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REYNOLDS, THOMAS M, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $42,994.78

Average cost per trip - $4,777.20
Total number of days spent traveling - 53 days
Rank of representative - 154 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 24, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (9 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - Congressional participant in 2000 TransAtlantic Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Donna Reynolds - other expenses for gift

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $9,120.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 11, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - participation in Transatlantic Conference
Notes - under other expenses--cultural events expenses

Travel Cost - $965.27
Lodging Cost - $1,971.00
Meal Cost - $568.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,549.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - educational mission
Notes - no year listed under dates, filed on 09/13/2001;

Travel Cost - $2,868.58
Lodging Cost - $1,011.85
Meal Cost - $695.65
Other Cost - $493.00
Total Cost - $5,069.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 23, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - education mission
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $4,492.30
Lodging Cost - $1,144.00
Meal Cost - $465.75
Other Cost - $610.16
Total Cost - $6,712.21

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 10, 2003 - August 15, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - participation in panel discussions and debates
Notes - spouse, Donna Reynolds

Travel Cost - $12,700.60
Lodging Cost - $1,218.00
Meal Cost - $1,256.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,174.88

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - house leadership retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $306.72
Meal Cost - $606.62
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $913.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NRCC
Dates - January 27, 2005 - January 29, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bicameral Congressional Retreat.
Notes - Greenbrier

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,011.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,011.00

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - House Leadership Retreat
Notes - The Tides Inn

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $339.00
Meal Cost - $389.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $728.00

Additional family members - No

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Minorities and Special Ed

For years policy makers believed that minorities were overrepresented in special education and that there was inherent bias in the way kids were being identified as disabled. A new study turns this idea on its head.

Recent Posts

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