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Jim Gerlach Exits Congress, Enters Venable | Downtown Moves

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Retiring Rep. Jim Gerlach is heading to Venable LLP, where the Pennsylvania Republican will join other former lawmakers such as Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., in the legislative and government affairs firm.  

Gerlach joined the Ways and Means Committee in 2011, and served on the Select Revenue and Health Subcommittees during that time. With tax reform possibly high on the agenda in the 114th Congress, and Republicans in charge of both chambers, Gerlach's experience could come in handy at Venable.  “Venable is one of the most respected names in Washington with an especially strong record of leadership in government affairs," the six-term Philadelpia-area member said in a release. “I have had the opportunity over the years to work with several Venable attorneys and advisors, especially Legislative Practice Group Co-Chairs, Will Nordwind and Rob Smith, and I look forward to working with them in the challenging legislative environment ahead.”  

PAC Contributions Returned

While members of Congress and federal candidates are known for soliciting millions of dollars from political action committees (PACs), there are a few instances when campaigns refund the money to PACs .  

Treasurers of corporate, trade association, and labor PACs are happy to get the money back, especially after they have already received credit for making the original contribution. Now they can use the money to give to another campaign.  

Republican Members Move Last-Minute Money To David Jolly in Florida Special Election

Republican members of Congress are sending last-minute campaign contributions to win a special election in Florida on March 11th.  

Campaign finance reports for the campaigns of Republican David Jolly  and Democrat Alex Sink,  in the 13th District of Florida are due on Thursday and will disclose donors and disbursements from January 1 through February 19th. But last-minute contribution notices of contributions of $1,000 or more are required to be filed within 48-hours, between February 20th and March 8th.