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MELANCON, CHARLES J, Democratic Party
Louisiana

Total number of trips - 4
Total cost of trips - $19,273.73

Average cost per trip - $4,818.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 11 days
Rank of representative - 311 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - America's Trust
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 17, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Participate in Seminar on legislative issues, including demographic trends in CA, Port capacity and security issues
Notes - Washington Dulles - Napa, CA / Napa, CA - Dulles Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,890.16
Lodging Cost - $1,317.44
Meal Cost - $917.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $13,125.34

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Participate in spring retreat
Notes - Washington - New Orleans, LA Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,546.11
Lodging Cost - $850.11
Meal Cost - $147.95
Other Cost - $101.00
Total Cost - $2,645.17

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dominion
Dates - April 29, 2005 - April 29, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Educational / informational Offshore Rig
Notes -

Travel Cost - $945.92
Lodging Cost - $12.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $958.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 6, 2005 - August 8, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Sun Valley, ID

Purpose - Speech to symposium
Notes - New Orleans - Sun Valley / Sun Valley - New Orleans Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,613.80
Lodging Cost - $627.00
Meal Cost - $304.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,544.80

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

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