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The First Family of Radio

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THOMPSON, BENNIE G, Democratic Party
Mississippi

Total number of trips - 21
Total cost of trips - $61,488.12

Average cost per trip - $2,928.01
Total number of days spent traveling - 64 days
Rank of representative - 88 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation, General Service Foundation
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 4, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - took wife, London Thompson

Travel Cost - $1,778.00
Lodging Cost - $555.00
Meal Cost - $315.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,648.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic, Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - fact finding
Notes - took wife, London Thompson; original listed the start of the trip to be June 16, 2000 and listed total meal expenses as $90.00 and total transportation as $54.00

Travel Cost - $211.07
Lodging Cost - $668.52
Meal Cost - $139.06
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,018.65

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - to attend technology presentations & tour company facilities
Notes -

Travel Cost - $8,404.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,203.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dairy Farmers of America
Dates - October 17, 2003 - October 19, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Pollack, MS

Purpose - information - agriculture - CRP update
Notes - other for guides, licensing.

Travel Cost - $2,749.00
Lodging Cost - $134.00
Meal Cost - $33.00
Other Cost - $965.00
Total Cost - $3,881.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, University of Qatar
Dates - April 11, 2003 - April 15, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - conference
Notes - with spouse London Thompson

Travel Cost - $15,580.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $16,480.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - October 6, 2003 - October 7, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,301.27
Lodging Cost - $194.18
Meal Cost - $176.73
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,672.18

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 24, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - with spouse Dr. London Thompson

Travel Cost - $1,785.32
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,236.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Assn of American Railroads
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 21, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - To discuss the condition of the railroad systems & exam the current transportation policy issues by the railroad industry officials. In addition to discuss such issues as economic regulations, energy & environment, tax proposals & rail safety & security
Notes - Depart 2/18 Jackson, MS Destination: Orlando, FL Return: 2/21 Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $1,626.60
Lodging Cost - $1,383.00
Meal Cost - $1,020.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,029.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Natl Chamber Foundation of the US Chamber of Commerce
Dates - January 29, 2005 - February 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Syracuse, NY

Purpose - To provide insight on the importance of environmentally friendly economic development issues and the opportunity to explore potential cooperation with the US Chamber of Commerce
Notes - Depart: Jackson, MS Destination: Syracuse, NY Return: Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,153.10
Lodging Cost - $101.00
Meal Cost - $77.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,331.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Inter-American Economic Council
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda

Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Notes - Depart: Washington, DC Destination: Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana; St Johns, Antigua Return: Washington, DC Personal Expense 1/11 and 1/16 (1/11 Jackson, MS - Washington, DC 1/16 Washington, DC - Jackson, MS)

Travel Cost - $4,583.40
Lodging Cost - $1,924.69
Meal Cost - $1,653.88
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,161.97

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Featured speaker to the Executive Board of the Maritime Trade Department
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas, NV - New Orleans, LA

Travel Cost - $1,038.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,038.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - A Bipartisan retreat on faith and healing for Members of Congress and spouses
Notes - Jackson, MS - Charleston, SC / Charleston, SC - Jackson, MS (Wife) - Memphis, TN (Member) Including spouse

Travel Cost - $819.38
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $225.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,544.38

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Catfish Farmers of America
Dates - February 25, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Jackson, MS

Purpose - Featured speaker for the 2005 Catfish Farmers of American Annual Convention
Notes - New Orleans, LA - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $283.90
Lodging Cost - $158.07
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $441.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Connell Co
Dates - May 6, 2005 - May 6, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, NJ

Purpose - To participate in a seminar entitled "The 109th Congress" and provide updated information on legislative activities in foreign trade, taxes, and the economy.
Notes - Washington, DC - Newark, NJ - Biloxi, MS

Travel Cost - $821.60
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $831.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Conference of Black Mayors Inc
Dates - April 30, 2005 - April 30, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - To participate in a town hall meeting to give a legislative perspective on tobacco issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Columbus, OH - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $376.60
Lodging Cost - $147.94
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.54

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Dates - May 28, 2005 - May 28, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - To speak on legislative issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Phoenix, AZ - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $1,260.30
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,260.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Dates - May 31, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Cuba business fact finding
Notes - Jackson, MS - Havana, Cuba - Jackson, MS

Travel Cost - $936.00
Lodging Cost - $282.00
Meal Cost - $55.26
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $1,298.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - United Church of Christ Central Atlantic Conference
Dates - June 11, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Newark, DE

Purpose - Guest speaker to provide a legislation update at the United Church of Christ - Central Atlantic Annual Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Newark, DE

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $99.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $99.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Human Resources Development Institute, Inc
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 27, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - To give an update on legislative issues related to healthcare
Notes - Washington, DC & Jackson, MS - Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC - Jackson, MS Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,348.10
Lodging Cost - $709.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,057.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - MS

Purpose - To participate in a bus tour and traveling issue forums on social security, health, and affordable housing
Notes - This event occurred in Member's District

Travel Cost - $25.53
Lodging Cost - $260.00
Meal Cost - $14.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.53

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Institute
Dates - August 11, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - MS

Purpose - To participate in issue forums concerning health, education, and other issues important to Americans today
Notes - This event occurred in Member's District Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $177.00
Meal Cost - $254.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $431.00

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 Utility of a PhD

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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.
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    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.
  • 11.10.14

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

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