Detroit Congressman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is paid $165,200 a year. But she also leases a Cadillac at taxpayer expense. And in that, she is far from alone. Nearly one-third of all the members of the House lease vehicles and charge them to Uncle Sam. And they don’t just get public perks. Michigan members of congress Took more than $200,000 in private trips. Trips like that are permitted by Congressional ethics rules as long as they have a work-related purpose. But there are some who wonder how far is too far. Craig Holman of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch is a nationally recognized authority on government ethics.