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Office of

Tom Cole


Total cost of 30 office trips: $88,416.72


Trips by Tom Cole
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $39,900.13

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $519.50
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $9,032.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO-OHARE
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: TOUR FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY PROCEDURES, FOOD PROCESSING, LABELING AND PACKAGING
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: WICHITA, KS
Sponsor: Koch Industries
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN COLE PARTICIPATED IN KOCH INDUSTRIES POLICY FORUM
Date: Aug 29, 2003
Expense: $605.25
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $10,668.96
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES INC
Purpose: PRE PAID LEGAL SERVICES, INC. BIANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $412.90
source

Destination: OKC-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (PRINCETON, NJ)
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLARIZATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,079.83
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,782.84
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPOKE TO A CLASS OF STUDENTS ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $532.90
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,617.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Cole

Chris Arnold
Christopher Caron
Keri Dennis
Rob Johnson
Pete Kirkham
Scott Parman
Brad Watson



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.

Recent Posts

  • 11.24.14

    Academic Fraud and College Athletics

    Last month the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released a report that showed evidence of nearly two decades of academic fraud perpetuated by the school’s Afro-American Studies Department. An investigation found certain professors and administrators had an unwritten policy of “propping up” student athletes. This week on the podcast, we look at academic fraud at colleges with high-stakes sports programs.
  • 11.17.14

    The Utility of a PhD

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 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.