Congressional Fundraisers Planned for D.C. Taylor Swift Concerts

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Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Washington DC

Whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, there is apparently no better place to raise money than a sold-out Taylor Swift concert.

CNN reports 26 congressional lawmakers and political action committees are slated to host fundraisers at a pair of Swift concerts at Nationals Park in Washington DC being held two nights this week.

The mixed group of legislators reportedly booked rooms in private suites months ago, per CNN, which was provided a list by a source who receives fundraising reports from technology firm Coalescent.

While general admission tickets are available for around $60, 18 Republican and eight Democratic lawmakers and PACs are selling tickets from $750 to $2,500 to those who wish to indulge in a T-Swift show while networking and raising money for their respective political parties.

Sunlight Foundation, which tracks political fundraising, reports that a handful of politicians in 2010 and 2011 also used Swift’s visits to the Capital to their advantage.

While the singer may be an equal opportunity entertainer, she has said in the past she doesn’t advertise her political views.

“I try to keep myself as educated and informed as possible,” she told TIME in 2012. “But I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people.”

People, even in Washington, just can’t seem to get enough of Taylor, though.

Ted Cruz references her work from time to time, and interns in Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Rose-Lehtinen’s office made a video last week inspired by her hit, “Shake It Off.”