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Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Beyonce concert a fundraising draw


Beyonce and husband Jay-Z tour Old Havana, Cuba. (Ramon Espinosa - AP)
Beyonce might have stirred controversy with her recent trip to Cuba.

But lawmakers are still going to make some money while Bey croons at a concert in Washington this summer.

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) both have fundraisers scheduled for her July 29 show at the Verizon Center. Other lawmakers might follow suit; previous Beyonce concerts have been popular on the novelty-starved local fundraising circuit.

The pop diva’s recent visit to embargoed Cuba with husband and rapper Jay-Z prompted some criticism, including from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who on Sunday called Jay-Z uninformed and “hypocritical.”

Casey even jokingly elevated himself to a co-headliner for his concert/fundraiser. The invitation bills it as a “Beyonce (and Bob)” concert. Does that mean we can count them among the “Beyhive,” as her fan community is known?

Not exactly.

Alas, a Shimkus spokesman tells us that his boss actually won’t be in attendance at the show. The way it works for this and other concert fundraisers, we’re told, is that the campaign snaps up a slew of good seats, then offers supporters the chance to buy them.

Shimkus also has a fundraiser slated for the boy-band reunion concert featuring New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, and 98 Degrees. Again, he won’t be in the house for the show.

We hear his taste runs more to classic rock

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