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Office of

Patrick Kennedy


Total cost of 19 office trips: $40,634.62


Trips by Patrick Kennedy
Total cost of congressperson's 5 trips: $20,932.19

Destination: STEIN ERICKSON LODGE, UTAH
Sponsor: Do Something
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 23, 2001
Expense: $281.00
source

Destination: NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
Date: May 28, 2003
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: PROMOTE & STRENGHTEN CULTURAL & ECONOMIC TIES TO RHODE ISLAND
Date: Jan 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,700.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO
Sponsor: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Purpose: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE
Date: Feb 25, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $11,399.49
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ATTENDING A BIPARTISAN HEALTH CARE POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 14, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $3,651.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Patrick Kennedy

Rachael Bornstein
Kimber Colton
Dominic Nguyen
Sean Richardson
Laura Schiebelhut
Brian Vigue
Michael Zamore



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’

    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

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