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Office of

Thomas Sawyer


Total cost of 22 office trips: $69,857.05


Trips by Thomas Sawyer
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $50,932.53

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,626.60
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, VENICE
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STUDY TRIP
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,394.50
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TPN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,262.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Informal Coalition
Purpose: ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.82
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND & TALLINN, ESTONIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,380.60
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: STANDARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY & SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM: THE NEW CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION"
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,169.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INFINITY HEALTHCARE INC
Purpose: ADDRESS FRONTLINES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,053.41
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,942.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Sawyer

Amy Boyle
Betsy Cuthbertson
Christine Dodd
Holly Feiock
Daniel Lucas
Joe Mcgarvey
David Toomey



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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  • 11.24.14

    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

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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.