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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 |
(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.

Recent Posts

  • 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

    Humanities professors at colleges and universities are re-thinking what it means to offer a PhD. The old model is proving unsustainable. It takes an average nine years to get a doctorate, but less than 60 percent of PhDs are finding tenure-track teaching jobs. This week, we look at a new report recommending academics view doctoral programs in a new light.
  • 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.