Think you’re more ethical than a member of Congress? Take our Family Affair quiz and see.

You bet I do.
Let's get started.


You and your spouse have to attend a work event in the evening. Who's covering the babysitter's bill?

My office. If they want me to show up, they'd better be paying.
I do. Child care is my personal responsibility.

You must be in Congress!
At least three members - Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tim Walz (D-MN) - charged thousands of dollars in babysitting expenses to their campaigns.

Wow! How else can I save myself a couple bucks?

A congressional run could save you some cash. At least three members - Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tim Walz
(D-MN) - charged thousands of dollars in babysitting expenses to their campaigns.

Wow! How else can I save myself a couple bucks?


You're in the market for a safe and steady financial investment. Which would be the better strategy?

Purchase a fixed-rate
certificate of deposit.
Loan my campaign thousands,
then collect the interest.

There's a more lucrative choice. 14 members of Congress charged their campaigns interest on loans. Rep. Grace Napolitano's (D-CA) campaign paid more than $94,000 in interest on a $150,000 loan during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.

A run for Congress could really shore up my finances. Next question!

That's the way to make some money! 14 members of Congress charged their campaigns interest on loans. Rep. Grace Napolitano's (D-CA) campaign paid more than $94,000 in interest on a $150,000 loan during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles.

A run for Congress could really shore up my finances. Next question!


Dust off your abacus and answer this:
What's 0% interest on a $309,000 loan?

$0.00
$28,756

That's better math than Rep. Paul Broun's
(R-GA) campaign. He collected $28,756 in loan interest after telling the Federal Election Commission the loans carried 0% interest.

Let's see the next question,
but please, no more arithmetic.

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), is that you?
He collected $28,756 in loan interest after telling the Federal Election Commission the loans carried 0% interest. We're waiting for someone to walk us through the math.

Show me the next question, but please, no more arithmetic.

It can be if you're Reps. James Lankford (R-OK) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). Both paid themselves salaries with campaign funds. Hopefully they asked their donors first.

Who knew?
Keep the questions coming.

Whoops, wrong choice! Reps. James Lankford (R-OK) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) paid themselves salaries with campaign funds. We wonder whether they asked their donors first.

Who knew?
Keep the questions coming.


You're taking a trip that might include some congressional business. Where should you book a room?

A luxury hotel.
I deserve only the best.
A budget hotel. Everyone needs to tighten their belts these days.

You must have your own campaign fund.
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) expensed a five-star luxury hotel in Athens, Greece to his campaign. Why? No one's really sure.

European luxury hotels? I'm in.
επόμενη ερώτηση (Next question.)

That's very thoughtful of you, but Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) thought otherwise. He expensed a five-star luxury hotel in Athens, Greece to his campaign. Why? It's just not clear.

European luxury hotels? I'm in.
επόμενη ερώτηση (Next question.)

Your family business or a favorite non-profit has hit some hard times. Luckily your campaign is raking in the cash. What should you do?

Spread the wealth.
Once money is donated, it's mine.
Lend a hand if I can, but definitely not with official resources.

That's the spirit!
90 members paid or contributed campaign money to family businesses, family employers, or nonprofits associated with their families.

What a great way to support my favorite causes! Give me some more.

You need to think outside the box!
90 members paid or contributed campaign money to family businesses, family employers, or nonprofits associated with their families.

What a great way to support my favorite causes! Give me some more.

Here's a straightforward one for you:
Should you steer taxpayer dollars to an organization that employs your child?

Sure.
That's what earmarks are for.
Nope.
Nepotism won't help re-election.

You must be cut from the same cloth as
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA). He pushed the federal government to give more money to his son's employer.

Hmm, is there a more direct way to help my family? Show me another.

Tough love, huh?
That doesn't work for Rep. Dicks (D-WA), who pushed the federal government to give more money to his son's employer.

Hmm, is there a more direct way to help my family? Show me another.

You're in the national spotlight as a principled libertarian denouncing big government. How many relatives collect a paycheck from your campaign coffers?

0 - They should get a job based on their own merits.
6 - Technically those aren't government jobs.

You're clearly not Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) kind of libertarian. He has six family members collecting salaries or consulting fees from his campaign, more than anyone else in Congress.

What would Friedrich Hayek think? Let me try another one.

You must be a supporter of Rep. Ron Paul
(R-TX). He has six family members collecting salaries or consulting fees from his campaign, more than anyone else in Congress.

What would Friedrich Hayek think? Let me try another one.

You're running for a seat representing the great state of Minnesota, but you're in need of a campaign treasurer. Who's the best choice for the position?

A seasoned financial expert
from St. Paul.
A music director from a church
in Tennessee.

That's a wise choice.
Now, what if the singer is your son? Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) paid his son and treasurer more than $100,000 over the last two campaign cycles.

Hallelujah!!
What else do you have?

That's a good call, especially if the music director is your offspring. Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) paid his son and treasurer more than $100,000 over the last two campaign cycles.

Hallelujah!!
What else do you have?

You were a doctor but now you're serving in Congress. It's time to renew your membership in a professional medical society. Who cuts the check?

My campaign. "Dr." looks good
on a bumper sticker.
I do. Medicine has nothing to do
with legislating.

The ethics are questionable, but that didn't stop
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) from paying $579 of his campaign funds to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

Sweet. Show me some more ways
to spend campaign money.

That's noble of you, but it didn't stop Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) from paying $579 of his campaign funds to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

Sweet. Show me some more ways
to spend campaign money.

Public service is a longstanding family tradition
and now your son wants to join you on Capitol Hill. How should you lend a hand?

Give him some fundraising pointers and maybe a little cash of my own.
Write a big check from my campaign coffers and prep the political dynasty.

Hmm, you're unnecessarily scrupulous.
20 members donated their own campaign funds to the campaigns of family members.

Talk about family values!
Any more great ideas?

Maybe you are ready for Washington!
20 members of Congress have donated funds from their campaign to those of family members.

Talk about family values!
Any more great ideas?

Your daughter aspires for a career in show biz and is the opening act for Raven-Symoné at a theme park. Who's paying for lunch while you wait for her big break?

The campaign. A theme park is a great place to shake a few hands.
I'll pick up the tab. It's my daughter's dream, not my donors'.

That's what Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) did, billing $119 in meals at Six Flags Great Adventure to his campaign the day his daughter performed there.

Campaigning can be pretty tricky.
Let's try that again.

Why pay your own way when you can be like Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ)? He billed $119 in meals at Six Flags Great Adventure to his campaign the day his daughter performed there.

Campaigning can be pretty tricky.
Let's try that again.

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