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Feinstein to Try Again on Inaugural Ticket Resale Ban

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will reintroduce her legislation tomorrow that seeks to ban the resale of inauguration tickets to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony.

Feinstein, who chairs the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, had announced in November that she would push to make the sale of the 240,000 tickets, which are being distributed for free from Senate, House and other government offices across the country, a federal crime. But the legislation died in December after questions were raised by other senators about the language of the bill. A key concern was that the Presidential Inaugural Committee has been offering tickets to people who donate the maximum $50,000 to help pay for the inauguration.

Feinstein had amended her bill to allow the PIC to "sell" tickets in exchange for donations. Here's the revised text. Feinstein hopes to get expedited approval of the bill.

By David A Nakamura  |  January 5, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  | Category:  Presidential Inaugural Committee , Swearing-in Ceremony , Tickets
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So Feinstein and her socialist pals can scalp tickets for $50K, but if Joe Schmoe offers his extra ticket for $50, he could get a year in jail. That's pretty fair.

Posted by: odqb14 | January 5, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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