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Sure Way to Get Inauguration Tix? Donate $50,000

On Friday, we broke the news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's effort to make it illegal to sell inauguration tickets hit a roadblock when she was unable to gain unanimous consent for her legislation in the Senate. She says she'll reintroduce the legislation in the new Congress in January.

But guess who's already selling tickets? The Presidential Inaugural Committee, that's who. The PIC is offering a four-ticket package for a hefty donation of $50,000, which is the most a single donor is allowed to give under the rules established by the committee in its fundraising effort.

So what does one get for that amount? A source gave Inaugural Watch a copy of an email last week written by committee member Michael Caplin, who wrote:

The 4-ticket Inaugural Package offered by the Presidential Inaugural Committee costs $50,000 This pricey package is said to be the most stunning way to experience the historic moment. That, of course, is for each individual to decide for themselves! (We're told us that after Friday, this dollar amount will purchase just 2 tickets because of the anticipated size of the response.)
The package includes events on the 17, 18, 19 & 20 of January. 17th: Nightclub performance by national performers in town for the Inauguration 18th: Brunch, then evening VIP seating at a concert probably at the Lincoln Memorial 19th: Break fast briefing, day of public service, candle-light dinners (4, each for 400 people or less) around town with members of Congress, VIP guests and a visit from Barack & Michele. 20th: Breakfast event, 4 swearing-in tickets, 4 parade seating tickets, 4 tickets to one of the 10 official Balls ( note: if one attends the swearing in, it's suggested that one arrive between 10am & 1030am for the noon ceremony, and it will probably be impossible to travel from the Capitol steps to the parade route, given the expected size of the crowd. That suggests that one probably gives either their 4 oath tix or their 4 parade tix to someone else who can get into position in a timely manner .)
If you are interested, please let me know ASAP and I'll submit the paperwork on your behalf.

Guess it's hard to outlaw selling tickets when the President-elect's own committee is leading the way.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fundraising , Tickets
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Nakamura - will blog for food!

Posted by: asteckler | December 15, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for the Easter Egg roll- free snacks, free wooden eggs and the wait isn't great but there won't be 4,000,000 people.

Posted by: AndrearKline | December 15, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

And here I thought my non-inconsiderable donation might be recognized. I've made my last campaign donation (at least until Che;sea Clinton runs, when I'll be donating to her opponent).

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 15, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

I propose wealthy donors buy one or more $50,000 package(s) and donate them to a "volunteer champion". See Charles, an 88 year old gent worked tirelessly in Denver, CO. (Search YouTube for the remarkable Charles a Denver, CO volunteer.) If you can spare it, share it. Please bless a "bottom up volunteer hero"! If you like the idea, pls email me at jlwill@ymail.com.

Posted by: Jackie19106 | December 15, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

How can we give 100% Inauguration inclusion to more great volunteers who can't afford $50,000?

Here is a link to the (exceptional volunteer) "Charles Video" noted above http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW-6DpC-mj8.

Watch and share. Email your thoughts to me at jlwill@ymail.com. Thanks, Jackie

Posted by: Jackie19106 | December 15, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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