eBay bans selling of Obama Inagural tickets
The decision of the popular online auction site was announced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) recently. The senator earlier this week said she is “disturbed” that tickets for the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Barack Obama are being sold on the Internet for as much as $40,000 and that she is working on legislation that would criminalize selling tickets. The ban went into effect late Thursday on eBay and its subsidiary sites Kijiji and StubHub. Feinstein said in a statement Thursday night,
“I want to thank eBay/StubHub for not allowing the sale of inaugural swearing-in ceremony tickets on any of its websites. They have led the way and I hope other Internet companies will follow.”
About 240,000 tickets have been printed out by the JCIC, all of which will be distributed for FREE by members of the next Congress. Demand has overwhelmed officials, especially those who just won the election and will officially take office when the 111th Congress begins next year. The JCCIC released a statement two days after the election saying, “The public should also be aware that no website or other ticket outlet actually has inaugural swearing-in tickets to sell, regardless of what they may claim.” Tickets will not be distributed to Congressional offices until Jan. 13, 2009, or a week before the event.