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Office of

Charlie Melancon


Total cost of 10 office trips: $29,114.57


Trips by Charlie Melancon
Total cost of congressperson's 5 trips: $20,556.38

Destination: NEW ORLEANS TO CHICAGO CHICAGO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: CHICAGO MERCANTILE EXCHANGE CHICAGO BOARD OF TRADE
Purpose: MEETINGS & TOURS
Date: Apr 10, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,282.65
source

Destination: NAPA, CA
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES, INCLUDING DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS IN CA, PORT CAPACITY AND SECURITY ISSUES
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $13,125.34
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DULLES TO NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,645.17
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: Dominion Resources Inc
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL/INFORMATIONAL OFFSHORE RIG
Date: Apr 29, 2005
Expense: $958.42
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH TO SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 6, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,544.80
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charlie Melancon

Erin Daste
Samuel Roche



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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  • 11.10.14

    Radio: FDR’s ‘Natural Gift’

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  • 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.
  • 11.10.14

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