GOP Congressman Invites Donors to Justin Timberlake Concert

Rep. Tom Price preps to don his “Suit & Tie” for the February show at the Verizon Center.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Timberlake performs on stage during a concert in the Rock in Rio Festival on September 15, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Sarah Mimms
Jan. 31, 2014, 10:13 a.m.

Are you a Justin Tim­ber­lake fan? Do you ap­pre­ci­ate a good chat about lower­ing the na­tion’s de­fi­cit? Do you have a few thou­sand dol­lars to spare? Then Rep. Tom Price has just the event for you.

For the low, low price of $1,500 to $2,500, you can at­tend Justin Tim­ber­lake’s “20/20 Ex­per­i­ence” show at the Ve­r­i­zon Cen­ter on Feb. 24 with the Geor­gia Re­pub­lic­an, ac­cord­ing to an in­vit­a­tion pos­ted on the Sun­light Found­a­tion’s web­site.

The Re­pub­lic­an, who lost a con­tested race for con­fer­ence chair­man to Rep. Cathy Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers in 2012, is bet­ter known as a policy wonk and budget hawk than a pop-mu­sic fan.

But this isn’t the first time Price and pop cul­ture have col­lided. Last year at a Na­tion­al Re­view break­fast, Price dis­cussed his love of Taylor Swift and be­moaned her re­la­tion­ship with Con­or Kennedy. “I prayed when she star­ted dat­ing a Kennedy that that would end,” Price said, ac­cord­ing to BuzzFeed.

Price is hardly the first con­gress­man to hold a con­cert fun­draiser. The Ve­r­i­zon Cen­ter is a fre­quent host to mem­bers from both parties and their sup­port­ers. Sen. Dav­id Vit­ter, R-La., held a fun­draiser there last sum­mer, for ex­ample, in­vit­ing donors to join him for a Justin Bieber con­cert. Though, to be fair, he brought his kids.