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12/19/17

Tarasi says Rothfus should ‘come clean’ on how Republican tax plan helps him

Beaver County Times

Ahead of the votes by the U.S. House and Senate on Tuesday, Democratic 12th Congressional District candidate Beth Tarasi called on U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus to “come clean” on how the Republican tax plan will benefit him, but the Republican incumbent did not respond before voting for the plan.

“From his own financial disclosure forms, we know Keith Rothfus owns between $5.5 million and $14 million in stocks and makes a six-figure income just from stock dividends every year,” Tarasi, a Sewickley attorney, said in a statement released Monday, adding that the median Pennsylvania household income is $55,000.

12/18/17

U.S. Rep. candidate Beth Tarasi says Congressman Keith Rothfus should reveal how the tax bill would benefit him

Pittsburgh City Paper

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley) has been a strong supporter of Congressional Republicans’ efforts to pass their tax-cut bill. He voted in favor of the U.S. House version of the bill and has offered full-throated support for the House-Senate version introduced on Dec. 15. 

“This tax reform legislation puts more money in the pockets of hardworking Pennsylvanians, creates more jobs in our state, and lessens the power of Washington,” said Rothfus in a November statement. 

But non-partisan analysis of the bill shows most of tax-cut bill benefits will go to the wealthy, and any benefits for working-class Americans will be limited. While income tax cuts will be doled out to all Americans initially, those cuts will expire in 2025. The corporate tax rate, however, will be cut from 35 percent to 21 percent and will be permanent. 

Sewickley lawyer and Democratic U.S. Rep. candidate Beth Tarasi is running for Rothfus’ seat and is calling for Rothfus to tell his constituents how he would personally benefit from the GOP tax bill, considering his large net worth. Rothfus, with a net worth of more than $6 million, has the second highest net worth of any representative in Pennsylvania.

12/13/17

Many Duquesne ties present in U.S. House primary race

Beth Tarasi, graduated from Duquesne School of Law in 1991. She described the experience as “tough, but rewarding,” especially because she had more to worry about than just her studies.

Her first son was born during finals in her third year. “To have a baby in the middle of law school was a shocker … [and] a blessing,” she said.

10/27/17

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus is the reason it will be harder to take on big banks

On Oct. 24, President Donald Trump, in a White House statement, applauded the passage of House Joint Resolution 111, which will eliminate a proposed rule that would have stopped financial institutions from forcing legal complaints to be settled out of court. Every indication points to Trump signing the bill into law when it reaches his desk. If and when that happens, customers will be barred from joining class-action lawsuits against big banks and the ilk, and instead will be forced to negotiate with financial institutions, and their powerful legal teams, one on one in arbitration.

And while this appears to be just another Trump action negating a rule created during President Barack Obama’s tenure, this roll-back was actually proposed and sponsored by Pittsburgh-area U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Sewickley). In an Oct. 24 statement, Rothfus said of the Obama-era proposed rule, “Plain and simple, this rule will harm consumers and line the pockets of trial lawyers—something that contradicts the very mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is yet another example of an out-of-touch Washington mandate handed down from this unconstitutional and widely unaccountable agency.” 

10/17/17

Tarasi collects most money among Democratic hopefuls in last quarter, but Rothfus sitting on $1 million cash

Sewickley attorney Beth Tarasi outraised the other Democrats running in the 12th Congressional District primary, based on the latest campaign finance reports, yet she remains far behind Republican U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, who has more than $1 million in cash.

Tarasi started the third quarter with about $36,000 in cash and collected $57,000 in July, August and September, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission. She spent $10,500, leaving her with about $82,300 in available cash.