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Office of

Mike Doyle


Total cost of 29 office trips: $95,883.91


Trips by Mike Doyle
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $41,246.00

Destination: ROME, ITALY TO VIBO VALENTIA, ITALY
Sponsor: NATIONAL ITALIAN AMERICAN FOUNDATION
Purpose: EXCHANGE OF POLITICAL/LEGISLATIVE IDEAS BETWEEN ITALIAN OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 16, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,440.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC / TULSA, OK / PITTSBURGH, PA
Sponsor: Williams Companies
Purpose: FACT FINDING/TOUR OF THE FACILITIES
Date: Oct 25, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,470.00
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: National Fisheries Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $18,006.00
source

Destination: ARUBA
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,622.00
source

Destination: ATHENS, GREECE
Sponsor: CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY/ATHENS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FACT FINDING/GRADUATION
Date: Apr 12, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,480.00
source

Destination: TORTOLA, BVI
Sponsor: International Foundation
Purpose: SPEAKER AT ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,228.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mike Doyle

Pat Cavanagh
Deborah Darcy
Sharon Grant
David Lucas
Michael Mullen
James Sharp



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