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Scalp Inauguration Tickets, Get A Year In Prison?

12/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ABC's Z. Byron Wolf Report: Say what you will about the laws of the open market in these days of Wall Street, insurance, home loan, and (maybe) auto industry bailouts. If the government is going to get involved where those industries fail, why not get involved in the Presidential Inauguration ticket business too.

Where there's limited supply, demand rises. And what are supposed to be the choicest free seats to the inauguration were supposed to be doled out free by lawmakers, while many more, some guess 1.5 million, less-lucky people will watch along the National Mall.

And around the business of ticketing the inauguration, a cottage industry has sprung up. Some online sites have already banned the sale of tickets. There are seven security measures implanted in the tickets themselves. The members of Congress who get the tickets are inventing ways (raffles) to appear fair in doling the tickets out.

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