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Back to The Data

Office of

David Obey


Total cost of 26 office trips: $94,626.04


Trips by David Obey
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $73,299.01

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Jan 10, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $4,676.00
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,599.60
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,568.60
source

Destination: VANCOUVER, B.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: May 30, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,952.04
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLANDS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,457.60
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FL
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,930.00
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $9,745.60
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,766.27
source

Destination: MEMBER: DC-SCOTTSDALE, AZ/TUCSON, AZ-LOS ANGELES, CA SPOUSE: SCOTTSDALE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $4,666.90
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,499.40
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO TO GREAT EXUMA ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON U.S. RELATIONS WITH SOUTH AMERICA AND BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,976.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO VENICE, ITALY TO PARIS, FRANCE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 21, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $6,961.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Purpose: TRIBUTE EVENT FOR CONGRESSMAN DICK GEPHARDT
Date: Dec 9, 2004
Expense: $500.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of David Obey

Michelle Burkett
Paul Carver
Christina Hamilton
William Painter
David Sirota
Cheryl Smith
Melissa Vetterlund



American RadioWorks |
Kids playing video games. Photo: sean dreilinger via Flickr.

Learning from Video Games

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.

Recent Posts

  • 06.17.15

    Teaching the Birds and the Bees

    For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
  • 06.11.15

    What can Japan teach us about teaching?

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  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.
  • 05.28.15

    Divestment on Campus

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