As an MWR event, CPO Friendly's command is having a well-deserved family day picnic.
The Executive Officer has given the command's Spouse Club permission to set up a booth at
the picnic and to conduct a fundraising pastry sale and raffle. Raffle proceeds will be used to
purchase subscriptions to the award-winning Ethics in Government magazine for unit
members about to depart on a long patrol.
Three of the prizes being raffled off include opportunities for dependent children of lucky
winners to ride in a small boat, ride in a helo, and to spend a workday with Chief Friendly.
After being chastised for trying to fix his brother-in-law's citation (scenario #6), Chief
Friendly has become much more sensitive to ethics issues and wonders whether it is ethical
(or wise) to raffle off an opportunity for children to spend a day with him.
Can Chief Friendly go along with this raffle
Good for Chief Friendly! He has reason to be concerned. He knows that a raffle is a form of
gambling, even if all prizes are noncash prizes. In addition, depending on where it is
conducted and who participates, the raffle might be prohibited by state law, federal
regulation, or Coast Guard regulation. Also, it is an ethics violation to use Coast Guard
property, personnel, or access to personnel as a fundraising prize ö