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Inaugural Committee Spokeswoman: We're Not "Selling" Tickets

A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee is taking issue with the suggestion, made in an Inauguration Watch post this morning, that the committee is "selling" tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration.

In the post, we noted that the committee is promising a package of four tickets and related goodies to donors who agree to contribute the maximum $50,000 to help stage the four days worth of inaugural events. We also suggested that it's no wonder Sen. Dianne Feinstein's legislation aimed at outlawing the sale of inaugural tickets failed last week in the Senate (Feinstein said she will re-introduce it in January and push for expedited passage).

When the Presidential Inaugural Committee is essentially selling tickets, it's hard to outlaw the practice. (Most of the 240,000 tickets to Obama's swearing-in ceremony will be distributed free by congressional offices.)

But committee spokeswoman Linda Douglass objected to comparing the granting of tickets to big donors to the "scalping" of tickets on eBay, StubHub or other on-line sites. These donors are helping pay for the "most open, most inclusive inauguration ever," Douglass said. "They're paying for the Jumbotrons and the Porta-Potties. These people are paying for that. To compare them to somebody trying to make a profit scalping, that's just not a fair comparison."

By David A Nakamura  |  December 15, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  | Category:  Presidential Inaugural Committee , Tickets
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