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Office of

Amory Houghton


Total cost of 43 office trips: $125,101.95


Trips by Amory Houghton
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $49,943.83

Destination: BADEN BADEN, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S./GERMAN ROUDTABLES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Jan 12, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,669.51
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY, SELMA, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE (WITH SUPPORT FROM THE ATTACHED LIST OF ORGANIZATIONS)
Purpose: ALABAMA PILGRIMAGE TO MARK THE 35TH ANN. OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH.
Date: Mar 3, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $764.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - SAN FRANCISCO - LOS ANGELES - ELMIRA, NY
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEET W/ CORPORATE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.
Date: Apr 24, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,803.44
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE; DUSSELDORF, GERMANY; VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN; ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US/GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $9,648.00
source

Destination: MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM, SELMA ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $585.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, SILICON VALLEY, NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: MEET W/ CORPORATE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF MUTUAL INTEREST.
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $928.40
source

Destination: BERLIN, GERMANY; LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: US/GERMAN ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $15,242.36
source

Destination: AUGUSTA, GA
Sponsor: Corning Inc
Purpose: PUBLIC POLICY FORUM
Date: Mar 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,597.06
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS, MEETINGS WITH CORPORATE OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS LEGISLATION OF MUTUAL INTEREST.
Date: Jun 7, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,635.66
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,595.40
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN MEETING OF CONGRESS AND THEIR FAMILIES
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: SELMA/BIRMINGHAM AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $913.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Republican Main Street Partnership
Purpose: CONFERENCE TO SHARE IDEAS
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,975.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Amory Houghton

Hugh Hatcher
Chester Lunner
William Mckenney
Steve Perrotta
Catherine Alyce Rafferty
Chelsi Stevens
Francesca Tedesco
Robert Van Wicklin
Robert Vanwicklin



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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  • 11.17.14

    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.
  • 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

    Radio: The Internet of the 1930s

    Some predicted radio would be a powerful force for democratizing information and spreading knowledge to a vast population previously separated by geography or income. But the new technology also raised anxieties.