POLITICS
06/16/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bruce Springsteen Concerts A Prime Fundraising, Lobbying Venue

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage.

Ten other members of Congress were also asking for cash that night. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was there, too, holding a fundraiser featuring Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the Financial Services Committee. It was the ultimate in multitasking for the politicians -- three hours of The Boss for free while raising thousands of dollars for their campaigns and political action committees, or leadership PACs.

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