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Representative Trey Hollingsworth Seeks Help With Campaign Debt

Hollingsworth is serving his first term in Congress. (WTIU News).

Indiana Representative-elect Trey Hollingsworth is asking for help repaying some of his campaign loans. Hollingsworth spent more than $3 million of his own money on his campaign for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional seat.

Some say his attempt to recoup some of his expenses is more about strategy than whether he needs the money.

Hollingsworth refused a taped interview for this story, but in a statement, Hollingsworth’s senior advisor says the representative-elect isn’t seeking help with the loans made to the campaign by himself, just debt that is owed to vendors. That amounts to about $246,000.

"This happens all the time, this is what we call business as usual on capitol hill," says Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a nonpartisan government watchdog.

Holman says this isn't unusual on Capitol Hill, but it is for someone as wealthy as Hollingsworth.

According to his financial disclosure report, Hollingsworth has at least $58.5 million in assets, making him one of the wealthiest members in the House.

"He doesn’t even need this outside money coming to him, but he realizes now that he’s an incumbent, now that he’s in congress, he can tap into this incumbent perk," Holman says. "Everybody that has business pending before him in congress will be looking for ways to give him money."

Senior adviser for Hollingsworth Rob Burgess said in a statement, "Hollingsworth is extremely appreciative of those willing to help retire campaign debt that is owed to vendors. The work that these vendors completed on behalf of the campaign was effective and efficient."

Burgess says Hollingsworth isn't asking for help with any loans he made to the campaign himself, which amounted to more than $3 million of Hollingsworth's own money.

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