Is Congressman Reynolds Scalping Tickets?
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This certainly sounds like scalping, although, technically, it escapes prosecution. According to the perfect Dickensian villain Robert Novak:
"Rep. Thomas Reynolds, a key member of the House Republican leadership, is soliciting political contributions by in effect scalping tickets for NCAA 'Sweet Sixteen' games at Washington's sold-out MCI Center for more than 30 times face value.
"Reynolds is soliciting $2,000 a person to provide tickets for the March 24 tournament session that are sold by the NCAA for $65 apiece. 'Tickets are very limited,' says the letter of invitation, 'so please RSVP as soon as possible.'
"Although Reynolds is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the basketball money will fund TOMPAC, Reynolds's leadership political action committee that he uses to make contributions to selected candidates."
Psst. Hey: Congressman Reynolds. Could you score me some sweet tickets to the Sixers-Bullsgame tonight? Gee, that'd be swell. (Averted Gaze)
More Novak here.