Scalpers Making Killing on Ball Tickets
While Congress has had some success on getting online ticket brokers to delist swearing-in tickets (although they weren't able to make selling the tickets a crime), a lucrative market remains for tickets to inaugural balls -- including at least one Obama traditionally would attend.
One of the biggest ticket among the balls is the official Illinois State Society Ball on Jan. 19, as the president-elect typically makes an appearance at his home state's bash. Tickets for that party are running from $1,150 to $6,500.
Tickets for about two dozen other balls are available at online ticket brokers or auction sites, typically going for about $800, with states' official balls running a few hundred dollars more. One exception is the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball -- with former Gov. George W. Bush out of the White House, most tickets are less than $500.
The toughest ticket of all, outside the official events, remains the Hawaii State Society's first-ever inaugural ball. No tickets appear to be available anywhere, at any price -- despite the fact that the Mandarin Oriental Hotel does not appear to be on Obama's Jan. 20 itinerary.
As for the swearing-in and parade, a few tickets are available -- if you're willing to shell out $500 for the former or $1,400 for the latter.
Christopher Dean Hopkins
January 2, 2009; 4:08 PM ET
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