Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Inauguration Ticket Update

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Ticket scalpers beware:

Senator Dianne Feinstein , chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), introduced legislation prohibiting the sale and counterfeiting of inaugural tickets.

The bill would make it unlawful to sell or attempt to sell tickets to the presidential inaugural swearing-in ceremony. It also would be illegal to create a fraudulent ticket or forge a ticket to the inauguration. Those who violate the law would face fines of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to one year. - JCCIC
There's a scramble for DC's tickets:
Seems that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration is in charge of building the parade viewing stands in front of the White House--for Obama and the media--and in front of City Hall at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Fenty then will receive 150 tickets to distribute to staff and others.

How the mayor divvies up the tickets is what’s under dispute. As has been the case often during Fenty’s nearly two years in office, the D.C. Council is feeling snubbed. Rumors have circulated among members that Fenty is planning to give the 13 council members no more than 30 tickets in all. - Washington Post
House members are not going to be happy:
House Members each will get 198 tickets for the inauguration — a number dwarfed by the thousands of requests received by many offices since the Nov. 4 election. - Roll Call
and Sen. Schumer will hold a statewide Internet lottery to give away tickets. - WCBS-TV