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Those free tickets cost how much?

November 11, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Tickets for President-elect Barack Obama's inaugural events are selling for up to $10,858, even though they haven't been distributed yet and are supposed to be free.

Ticket brokers wouldn't say where the tickets were coming from, and the committee in charge of the event emphasized that all 240,000 tickets to the swearing-in are in a locked room and won't be released until Jan. 19 -- the day before the event. They are distributed by members of Congress.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said she was drafting a bill that would make scalping inauguration tickets a misdemeanor.

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