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DODD, CHRISTOPHER J, Democratic Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 22
Total cost of trips - $47,135.32

Average cost per trip - $2,142.51
Total number of days spent traveling - 60 days
Rank of representative - 133 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Fiscal Association, Hamilton, FL
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Hamilton, Bermuda

Purpose - To speak at International Fiscal Association conference
Notes - Good faith estimate for meals only

Travel Cost - $1,113.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,313.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clover Club, Boston, MA
Dates - March 11, 2000 - March 11, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - To address the Clover Club's annual St. Patrick's Day gathering (dinner)
Notes -

Travel Cost - $104.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $104.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 19, 2000 - March 21, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at board of trade and mercantile exchange conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $805.05
Lodging Cost - $944.00
Meal Cost - $308.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,057.05

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Florida International University -- Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies, Miami, FL
Dates - April 22, 2000 - April 23, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at journalists and editors workshop on Latin America
Notes - Good faith estimate for meals only

Travel Cost - $352.00
Lodging Cost - $159.76
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $561.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA
Dates - May 13, 2000 - May 15, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - To give commencement address at Loyola Marymount University - Loyola Law School
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,722.10
Lodging Cost - $882.53
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,604.63

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bilderberg Conference, the Netherlands
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium

Purpose - Attend and speak at the Bilderberg conference
Notes - Ground transportation only

Travel Cost - $35.00
Lodging Cost - $372.00
Meal Cost - $295.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $702.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Spain Council, Inc.
Dates - June 3, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Madrid, Spain

Purpose - Participate in and speak at council meeting - conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,346.20
Lodging Cost - $803.82
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,350.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Operation Sail 2000, Connecticut, New London, CT
Dates - July 11, 2000 - July 12, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New London, CT

Purpose - To attend Operation Sail, 2000, Connecticut opening day ceremonies in New London Harbor
Notes - Good faith estimate

Travel Cost - $550.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $550.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Dates - November 12, 2000 - November 13, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - To address students at McConnell Center for political leadership at University of Louisville
Notes - Good faith estimate for meals only

Travel Cost - $519.00
Lodging Cost - $167.42
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $761.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 16, 2001 - March 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at Futures Industry Association Conference
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,484.54
Lodging Cost - $1,227.01
Meal Cost - $374.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,085.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Securities Industry Association
Dates - March 31, 2000 - April 2, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement at Securities Industry Association Government Relations spring legislative meeting
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,406.50
Lodging Cost - $650.00
Meal Cost - $690.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,746.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Operation Sail, Inc. Stamford, CT
Dates - July 3, 2000 - July 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - To attend Operation Sail 2000 -- Parade of Tall Ships in New York Harbor
Notes - Senator Dodd served on the Board of Trustees for Operation Sail, 2000; spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,872.75
Lodging Cost - $671.80
Meal Cost - $255.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,799.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Irish American Unity Conference
Dates - August 19, 2000 - August 21, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dundalk, Ireland - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Derry, Northern Ireland

Purpose - Meetings with members of nationalist, unionist community leaders and government officials in Northern Ireland
Notes - Spouse accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,773.86
Lodging Cost - $353.24
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,127.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Spain Council, Inc.
Dates - November 16, 2001 - November 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Valencia, Spain

Purpose - participate and seek at annual meeting of U.S. Spain Council
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,239.72
Lodging Cost - $922.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,161.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 29, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Davos, Switzerland

Purpose - speaking engagement at work economic forum annual meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,129.26
Lodging Cost - $818.37
Meal Cost - $90.93
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,038.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hibernian Society of Charleston, Charleston, SC
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Charleston, SC

Purpose - To speak at Hibernian Society banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,135.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,210.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Mohegan Tribe, Uncasville, CT
Dates - September 6, 2002 - September 6, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - East Haddam, CT

Purpose - Charity golf tournament sponsored by the Mohegan Tribe
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of North Dakota
Dates - May 10, 2002 - May 11, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Fargo, ND - Grand Forks, ND

Purpose - To give commencement address at University of North Dakota graduation ceremony
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,660.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,710.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Spain Council, Inc.
Dates - February 5, 2004 - February 7, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Coral Gables, FL

Purpose - To attend the annual conference of the U.S. Spain Council
Notes -

Travel Cost - $679.00
Lodging Cost - $1,151.16
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,950.16

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Basketball Association
Dates - February 6, 2003 - February 8, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speaking engagement at NBA All-Star Technology Summit in Atlanta, GA.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so costs not listed. Costs are for round trip air fare - Washington DC- Atlanta GA - Hartford, CT and 2 nights lodging.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - February 23, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Amelia Island, FL

Purpose - Keynote address at Annual Conference.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so costs not listed. Costs are for round trip air fare Philadelphia PA - Jacksonville - Washington DC and one night lodging.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - University of Connecticut
Dates - September 24, 2003 - September 24, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Attend awards ceremony honoring Prime Ministers of Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom.
Notes - Filed in end of year Financial Disclosure form so costs not listed. Costs are for one way flight from Hartford, CT to Washington DC, spouse and child accompanied.

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

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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