Politicians turn Taylor Swift concert into fundraiser

She’s America’s sweetheart and whether you like her music – I don’t – you have to admit she’s got great legs – I would.  Taylor was in DC on Tuesday night for her concert at the Verizon center.  What she didn’t know was that several congressional leaders used the event to raise political funds….while the rest of the country is going bankrupt.

A half-dozen lawmakers — five Republicans and a Democrat — hosted fundraisers Tuesday night at the Verizon Center during Swift’s concert: Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.).

Tickets for the various fundraisers ranged from a low price of $500 per person for Granger’s suite, to $3,500 per PAC to party with Thune, according to the Sunlight Foundation’s blog. Neither Swift nor the Verizon Center were involved with any of the fundraisers, and the singer’s publicists have gone out of their way to squash any indication that Swift has anything to do with the politicians.

It not unusual for lawmakers to use popular concerts to lure donors away from the run-of-the-mill Capitol Hill Club reception circuit, but what is unusual is the sheer number of them at Swift’s event. The pop country singer is best known for candy-coated ballads like “You Belong With Me” and “Teardrops on My Guitar.”

Congressional leaders are kind of like the world’s biggest douche bags.

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