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Ticket-scalping for a political event is even more illegal

The Caucus blog of the New York Times reports: Looking for spare tickets to that joint concert on Oct. 16 by Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel for Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign? Beware. ...

So is it legal to resell tickets to a political fund-raiser? It depends. If the tickets on the resale sites are from individuals — as are many of the tickets on Ticketnetwork, said its chief executive, Don Vaccaro — then in most cases it should be O.K.

But Kenneth A. Gross, a campaign finance lawyer with Skadden, Arps, said it would be a problem if a corporation, like a ticket brokerage, bought the ticket, or if one of its employees bought the ticket and was reimbursed by the company or someone else. This would be an illegal corporate donation, or a donation made in the name of someone else, which is also prohibited. -- Paying Extra to See a Show

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