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THOMPSON, MIKE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 20
Total cost of trips - $76,760.50

Average cost per trip - $3,838.03
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 61 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - to participate in conference regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - took wife, Janet Thompson

Travel Cost - $1,708.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - April 14, 2000 - April 15, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - provide legislative perspective on hunting and other sportsmen-related issues
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost - $1,465.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,715.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - July 27, 2001 - July 29, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Groton, CT

Purpose - to meet with leaders from the outdoor industry and conservation organizations to discuss the challenge facing American's sporting traditions
Notes - Spouse Janet Thompson accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,117.00
Lodging Cost - $160.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,427.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cuba

Purpose - To meet with Cuban government officials, trade representatives and US interest section officials
Notes - Other costs for taxis, hotel incidentals

Travel Cost - $789.50
Lodging Cost - $530.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $85.00
Total Cost - $1,494.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - April 27, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - To host and participate in a day of sporting clays wine tasting, dinner and auction to benefit the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,606.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $175.00
Other Cost - $78.00
Total Cost - $2,859.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 17, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - to participate in a meeting with the Iowa wine industry representative, visit conservation project and hold meetings with resource organization representatives.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $285.72
Lodging Cost - $66.00
Meal Cost - $44.51
Other Cost - $195.00
Total Cost - $591.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Quail Unlimited
Dates - January 24, 2002 - January 27, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - Speak to the 16th Annual Quail Unlimited Hunt and meetings
Notes - accompanied by spouse Janet Thompson

Travel Cost - $459.20
Lodging Cost - $241.92
Meal Cost - $172.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $873.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Tobacco
Dates - December 7, 2001 - December 9, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Behring Ranch, CA

Purpose - speak to group of California sportsmen
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,082.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $94.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,176.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - educational exchange/fact-finding
Notes - accompanied by spouse Janet Thompson. Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $758.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $352.00
Total Cost - $2,410.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Federation of Wines and Spirits
Dates - May 23, 2002 - May 26, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - wife to accompany Rep. Thompson on state dept. CODEL
Notes - accompanied by spouse Janet Thompson; the transportation expense listed is for her. Rep. Thompson' s expenses paid by State Dept. since he traveled as part of an official CODEL.

Travel Cost - $7,395.44
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,395.44

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 14, 2002 - March 15, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - speak to hunting industry on the importance of the Sportsmen's Caucus
Notes -

Travel Cost - $988.00
Lodging Cost - $84.30
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,117.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 24, 2002 - March 26, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Osceola, IA

Purpose - roundtable discussion of sportsmen's issues
Notes - Other expenses not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,251.00
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost - $295.00
Total Cost - $1,741.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Wine Institute
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 20, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Congressional Wine Caucus Educational tour of the Napa Valley
Notes - with spouse Janet - other expenses for tickets to Lake County Wine Alliance charity event

Travel Cost - $4,936.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $705.90
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $5,791.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Washington Wine Institute, Stimson Lane Ltd.
Dates - August 20, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA - Walla Walla, WA - Everett, WA - Napa, CA

Purpose - tour Washington wineries and meet with representatives from the Washington wine industry
Notes - with spouse Janet

Travel Cost - $2,363.00
Lodging Cost - $426.02
Meal Cost - $550.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,339.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Safari Club International
Dates - January 31, 2003 - February 1, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Reno, NV

Purpose - speech at the Safari club's international convention
Notes - The disclosure was flied after the 30 day deadline and most of the accompaniying material detialing costs have been misplaced.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2003 - August 11, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Jackson Hole, WY

Purpose - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation Summit discussing legislative issues of importance to the hunting and fishing community
Notes - with spouse Janet - Janet's itinerary: Washington, D.C. - Jackson Hole, WY - Washington, D.C. (her cost $618.50; his $543.50)

Travel Cost - $1,162.00
Lodging Cost - $927.11
Meal Cost - $704.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,793.11

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 - Mike Thompson: Washington, DC - Barcelona, Spain - San Francisco, CA Janet Thompson: San Francisco, CA - Barcelona, Spain - San Francisco, CA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $4,583.70
Lodging Cost - $2,275.00
Meal Cost - $3,936.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $10,994.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Dates - March 21, 2004 - March 23, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Duck Key, FL

Purpose - attend Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation annual meeting
Notes - spouse Janet Thompson

Travel Cost - $1,898.40
Lodging Cost - $685.74
Meal Cost - $249.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,833.64

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Quail Unlimited
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Albany, GA

Purpose - To attend conference on wilderness and sportsmen issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Albany, GA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $441.94
Lodging Cost - $302.40
Meal Cost - $135.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $879.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 25, 2005 - April 3, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US - China relations
Notes - San Francisco - China - San Francisco

Travel Cost - $13,398.10
Lodging Cost - $1,532.00
Meal Cost - $1,800.00
Other Cost - $2,030.00
Total Cost - $18,760.10

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 Utility of a PhD

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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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    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.