Obama inauguration tickets peddled online

January 10, 2013 - 3:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tickets to President Barack Obama's inauguration are supposed to be free, but they're being peddled on eBay and Craigslist for up to $2,000 apiece.

Congressional offices and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which are both distributing tickets to inaugural events, are trying to clamp down on the black market. So far, their efforts haven't stopped online entrepreneurs.

It's not illegal to scalp tickets being distributed for free by members of Congress for Obama's swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. The Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is distributing tickets to inaugural balls and the inaugural parade — which aren't free — doesn't allow its tickets to be resold without the committee's permission.