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45. Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles)

Net worth: -$119,000

Cardenas is No. 458 in Congress with a minimum net worth of a negative $118,993. His top assets include his wife's investment in the marketing company she owns, as well as deferred compensation from his time as an L.A. city councilman.

Cardenas was under scrutiny for hiring his wife, Norma Cardenas, and stepdaughter as campaign employees and paying them a combined $120,000, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. A Cardenas aide was subpoenaed by a grand jury in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Cardenas has declined to comment, but Roll Call reported the FBI had questioned the staffer about Cardenas aides doing campaign work during official government time.The watchdog group Common Cause used the query to call for a ban on using campaign funds to employ family members, currently a legal practice.

* This item has been updated to more accurately describe what Common Cause said about the matter.

Minimum Assets:
$131,000
Minimum Liabilities:
$250,000
Investments: 88%
Real estate: 0%
Trusts: 0%
Bank accounts: 11%

Top Assets

Rank Asset Type Owner Minimum value
1 Essence Marketing (Spouse Consulting Business) Investments Spouse $50,001
2 City of LA Deferred Compensation Plan - Van Ins. Index Fund Plus Investments Member $15,001
3 Wells Fargo Accounts Bank Account Joint $15,001
4 New York Life Insurance Investments Joint $15,001
5 New York Life Insurance Investments Joint $15,001
6 City of LA Deferred Compensation Plan - Van Total Bond MKT Ind. Investments Member $15,001
7 The Growth Fund of America Investments Spouse $1,001
8 New York Life SEP - Janus Aspen Bal. Portfolio Investments Spouse $1,001
9 New York Life SEP - Mainstay VP Balanced Investments Spouse $1,001
10 New York Life SEP - Calvert VP SRI Bal. Portfolio Investments Spouse $1,001
11 New York Life SEP - Mainstay VP Mod. Allocation Investments Spouse $1,001
12 New York Life SEP - Mainstay VP Mod Gr. Allocation Investments Spouse $1,001
13 Franklin Money Fund Investments Spouse $1

Top Liabilities

Creditor Type Owner Minimum value
1 Wells Fargo Home Equity Loan Joint $100,001
2 Wells Fargo Mortgage Joint $100,001
3 Chase VISA Revolving Charge Account Debt Joint $15,001
4 Chase VISA Revolving Charge Account Debt Joint $15,001
5 Chase VISA Revolving Charge Account Debt Joint $10,001
6 Citi Mastercard Revolving Charge Account Debt Joint $10,001

Credits: Christina Bellantoni, Christine Mai-Duc, Lily Mihalik, Javier Panzar, Anthony Pesce, Ben Welsh and Sarah Wire.

About this data: These are the assets disclosed for calendar year 2014 compiled by Roll Call. They are ranked from largest to smallest. Financial disclosure rules allow lawmakers to report broad ranges of minimums for both assets and liabilities, starting at $1 to $1,000 and topping out at $50 million or higher, so it is impossible to offer precise figures. The minimum values shown are how Roll Call calculated the net worth for each member.

Roll Call assigns assets and liabilities into several categories. The disclosure forms indicate if the asset or liability is owned solely by the member, by the member’s spouse, by the member’s dependent(s) or jointly owned by the member and spouse. The names of the assets and liabilities appear as they were entered on the forms filed with the clerk of the House and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.