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.” 


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.


Democrats hoping message — not money — will upend Rothfus in 12th District

You couldn’t call any of them summer blockbusters, but among Democrats challenging for a Western Pennsylvania Congressional seat, Beth Tarasi was the party’s top fundraiser. 

Ms. Tarasi, who is among four Democrats seeking to replace Republican Rep. Keith Rothfus in the 12th Congressional District, reaped $57,013 between July and September, according to reports due Oct. 15. After expenses and combined with money she raised previously, she finished with $82,255.21 — more than double the take of her Democratic rivals.


PRESS RELEASE: Tarasi for Congress (PA-12) Announces Campaign Team

Fundraising Staff, Leading Democratic Firms SKDKnickerbocker, and Global Strategy Group Join Campaign to Unseat Keith Rothfus


4 Democratic congressional hopefuls gather in Johnstown

Four Democrats who are looking to become the next U.S. representative from the 12th Congressional District gathered for an informal meet-and-greet at a private residence in downtown Johnstown on Tuesday.

All of them have announced plans to run in next year’s primary with hopes of eventually defeating U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley.