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Politicians line up for Taylor Swift

And the winner for Best Fundraising Artist of the 2010 Election Cycle is... pop-country star Taylor Swift, for her June 2 performance at the Verizon Center.

At least three politicians – Reps. Tom Price, R-Ga., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Gregg Harper, R-Miss. – are using Swift's concert tonight to raise funds. Two tickets to sing "You Belong With Me" with Price is costing political action committees $4,000 each, while individuals will shell out $2,500 for just one seat. Harper is charging individuals $2,400, for two tickets and asking $5,000 from PACs. Blackburn offers the biggest bargain at $1,500 for PACs and $1,000 for individuals.

All are far above the regular price of the ticket however, which ranges from $28-$72.50. However these fundraisers don't violate the District’s anti-scalping law, which forbids the sale of tickets above or below their face value, because the exchange took place on the Internet and not a public street.

If Kanye West were here, he might say: I'ma let you finish, but… Beyonce had one of the best fundraisers of all time. That’s because Beyonce’s summer 2009 Verizon Center concert also raised funds for at least five politicians. For example a ticket to see Ms. Knowles with Rep. Sanford Bishop cost $2,500.

Politicos might want to consider touring with the 20-year-old Swift, who writes her own songs. She's sold over 24 million digital tracks, making her the top-selling digital artist in music history, according to Neilsen SoundScan. And she's got broad appeal.

So that begs the question: Why are all the fundraisers at tonight's Swift concert for Republicans? And why were 4 out of the 5 Beyonce fundraisers for Democrats?

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