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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:52 pm 
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If you're lucky enough to be able to attend the Bruce Springsteen-Billy Joel Concert for Change at NY City's Hammerstein Ballroom after the final presidential debate on October 16...or know someone who is sure you buy your ticket legally! ... ot-ticket/

Ticket scalpers profiting off the buzz created by the historic Bruce Springsteen/Billy Joel fundraiser appear to be breaking campaign finance laws. And fans who use scalpers could be complicit.

October 16th Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel will play a show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. This is the first time they have played together in this century. It's the night after the final presidential debate and the concert is a benefit for Barack Obama. Excitement about the show and "special guests" is skyrocketing. Obama himself is rumored to be scheduled to appear.

On Obama's Change Rocks website $500 balcony seats are already sold out. A premier seat costs $2,500. "Rocker seats" are $5,000 each, while a “lounge ticket” is $10,000. Buying these tickets is considered legally to be a contribution to Obama's campaign.

If someone purchases tickets for the express purpose of reselling them rather than to make a contribution to Obama or the DNC, they appear to be breaking the law.

While New York State fixes no cap on what brokers and others can charge when reselling a ticket, ticket brokers and their straw men--those doing the buying of the tickets for brokers--seem to be obviously violating federal election codes, specifically US Code Title 2, 441b and US Code Title 2 441f. A consumer who used a ticket broker to obtain these coveted tickets may have technically violated the latter law, after the fact.

The only legitimate, legal way obtain tickets to the Springsteen/Joel show is through the Obama campaign itself. The Barack Obama website spells it out clearly, with a legal disclaimer reads:

This contribution is not made from the general treasury funds of a corporation, labor organization or national bank...

The funds I am donating are not being provided to me by another person or entity for the purpose of making this contribution.


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That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
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