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Sen. Feinstein to eBay: Selling Obama Tix a No-No

You can buy pretty much anything on eBay, except tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. At least if Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has her way. Feinstein said she is writing to eBay and other on-line sites, warning them not to sell scalped tickets to the Jan. 20 event.

Although there will be 240,000 tickets made available, Feinstein, who is overseeing the swearing-in ceremony, anticipates that demand will far outpace supply. The Associated Press reports that Feinstein, who chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, is crafting a bill making it a federal crime to resell inauguration tickets.

The tickets are free and distributed to through Congressional offices. They will be distributed shortly before the ceremony and in-person pickup will be required.

Feinstein recently announced that the theme of the inauguration will be "A New Birth of Freedom."

The Associated Press has this story in video form.

By David A Nakamura  |  November 10, 2008; 6:19 PM ET  | Category:  Tickets
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