Taylor Swift Concerts Are Somehow Big Money Political Fundraisers

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The movers and shakers in politics have recognized there's a very important constituency with deep pockets: Taylor Swift fans. The Washington Post got their hands on invitations to Tay-Tay's upcoming 1989 World Tour stops at Nationals Park on July 13 and 14 that were just a little bit above the original $60 ticket price. For $2500, you can attend the sold-out show next to Democratic Representatives Gwen Moore (Wisconsin), Lois Frankel (Florida) or Cheri Bustos (Illinois). And for the bargain rate of $1500, you can watch it with Republican Representative Steve Stivers of Ohio. 

Now, if you think this is the place to float your big idea for school reform or promoting clean energy initiatives, we just want to remind you of just how loud it can be during these shows. You'll want to write it out in a giant fan sign, probably. Or develop some kind of subliminal message via hip-shaking dance moves.  
This is not the first time a Swift concert's been the venue for congressional fundraising.  Three Republicans did in 2010, and six Republicans and Democrats tried it again in 2011. The prices back then were much cheaper, starting at $500, which we'll chalk up to her rising popularity among an older audience. The Huffington Post reported at the time that Swift's reps said she had nothing to do with the fundraisers. She's just really good at bringing people together.     

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