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Office of

Craig Thomas


Total cost of 51 office trips: $112,223.83


Trips by Craig Thomas
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $31,350.15

Destination: SNOWMASS, CO
Sponsor: Colorado State University
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATURAL RESOURCE CONFERENCE -- 1999 CONGRESS ON RECREATION AND RESOURCE CAPACITY
Date: Dec 2, 1999
Expense: $684.50
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN FARM BUREAU WATER QUALITY CONF.
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: Tom Brown Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOC. OF MOUNTAIN STATES (IPAMS) MEETING
Date: Jun 9, 2001
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: CASPER, WY
Sponsor: M&N EQUIPMENT LLC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONY FOR TRAINING CENTER
Date: Aug 23, 2001
Expense: $759.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL EVENT
Date: Sep 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $487.30
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,315.47
source

Destination: ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $9,460.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Colorado River Water Users Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING OF COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS ASSOC., GIVING A SPEECH & PARTICIPATING IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Dec 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $373.50
source

Destination: JACKSON, WY
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $1,340.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH AT INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $951.75
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,042.63
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Craig Thomas

Brad Bunning
Cameron Hardy
Michael Hill
Chris Jahn
Jody Levin
Michael Moran
Daniel Naatz
Melissa Nelson
Kimberly Pinter
Cynthia Reed
Linda Rouse
David Schwietert
Pati Smith
Bryn Stewart
Celia Wallace
Shawn Whitman



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.