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ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA, Republican Party
Florida

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $58,918.50

Average cost per trip - $9,819.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 96 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 30, 2001 - September 2, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Langkawi, Malaysia - Singapore

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter Lehtinen

Travel Cost - $1,426.00
Lodging Cost - $1,026.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,602.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jerusalem Fund of Aish Ha Torah, IDT Corporation
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - to strengthen the relationship between Israel and the Hispanic community. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen received the Friend of Zion Award at ceremony from the municipality of Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Fund
Notes - spouse, Dexter and children, Amanda and Patricia; return trip paid for by another sponsor, the US -Korean Exchange Council, under other expenses -- gifts for family (religious books), other transportation costs: helicopter to Masada plant to Golan Heights

Travel Cost - $5,173.00
Lodging Cost - $1,686.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost - $4,824.00
Total Cost - $13,183.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter

Travel Cost - $686.00
Lodging Cost - $420.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,226.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - August 25, 2001 - August 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Notes - spouse, Dexter Lehtinen; under other expenses -- water, cabs, laundry

Travel Cost - $27,000.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $27,960.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Amman, Jordan - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational seminar in Jordan and Israel
Notes - Miami - Frankfort - Amman - Tel Aviv - Miami

Travel Cost - $9,077.00
Lodging Cost - $1,722.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $832.50
Total Cost - $12,051.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - HBO
Dates - March 18, 2005 - March 18, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Live taping of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Notes - Dulles - Los Angeles / Los Angeles - Miami

Travel Cost - $1,596.00
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,896.00

Additional family members - No

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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  • 11.17.14

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  • 11.10.14

    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.
  • 11.12.14

    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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    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.