Rep. Paul Hollis, Louisiana

Rep. Paul Hollis, Louisiana

Louisiana state Rep. Paul Hollis sells rare coins — at one point hawking them overnight on a television shopping channel. In 2013, he successfully sponsored a sales tax break for rare coins and for gold, silver and platinum bullion.

“This expansion just makes sense for Louisiana’s investors and dealers,” the Republican told Coin World, a trade publication. The exemption was done away with in the state’s budget crisis last year but restored in 2017 with Hollis’ help. He did not respond to multiple calls and emails requesting comment.

Reporting by the Center for Public Integrity’s Liz Essley Whyte and David Jordan; The Associated Press’ Summer Ballentine, Ryan J. Foley, Michelle Price, Holly Ramer, Gary Robertson, Mark Scolforo, Brian Slodysko.

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