Entries in Inaugural (2)


Oops: Ticketmaster Mixup Sells Out Obama Inaugural Ball

Behind the scenes at the 2009 Inaugural Ball. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — An inadvertent early sale of tickets to events surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration means some would-be attendees won’t get their chance to see the occasion.

Public sales for the inaugural ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the day’s parade were scheduled to be released Monday morning on Ticketmaster. But in an email to waiting buyers released by the vendor Monday, Ticketmaster admitted that sales inadvertently went up Sunday, a day early.

The mix-up was spurred when an email alert system for hopeful buyers misfired, directing recipients to Ticketmaster’s sales site to complete their purchase.

A representative for Ticketmaster said the company was contractually bound not to discuss specifics of sales by its client, the President’s Inaugural Committee. In a written statement the company said regardless of the timing error, tickets were always sold “on a first come first serve basis.”

“While an e-mail indicating that Inaugural event tickets were available was sent earlier than planned, tickets to Inaugural events were sold per usual Ticketmaster process on a first come first serve basis. Everyone who purchased tickets for the Inaugural Ball and the Inaugural parade will receive their tickets,” it reads.

“We understand the disappointment people feel if they were unable to obtain tickets, but like all other popular events, demand was much greater than supply,” the statement reads. “Ticketmaster and PIC will continue to work closely to ensure everyone receives the latest ticketing information.”

The end result was a massive rush on the tickets, completely selling out at least one event — the inaugural ball — before its intended sale time.

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Obama Inaugural Reveals Corporate Donors

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s inaugural committee Friday confirmed that corporate cash has begun flowing in to help celebrate a second term, four years after Obama eschewed such funds and refused to accept them.

The names of 417 “benefactors” to the 57th inaugural were quietly posted Friday night on the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s website, including the names of seven companies.  The committee said more names will be posted in coming days.

The corporate donors to Obama’s inaugural include AT&T, Microsoft, Genentech Inc., Whittier Trust Co., Centene Corp, Financial Innovations Inc. and Stream Line Circle LLC.

None of the individual donors appeared to be high-profile public figures or campaign bundlers.  (The committee did not provide any geographic information for the donors or the amounts of their gifts.)

The release of donor names was voluntary as part of an effort the committee said was intended to boost transparency.

Last month Obama reversed a voluntary ban on unlimited corporate cash, which he imposed on the inaugural four years ago and during the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Obama said he would also allow individuals to contribute up to the legal maximum for the 2013 inauguration — $250,000 — lifting a $50,000 cap he voluntarily imposed in 2008.   The shift appeared to be driven by fundraising challenges in the wake of a multi-billion dollar campaign. Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney each raised north of $1 billion for the election cycle — historic highs.

The full list of 2013 Obama inaugural donors can be viewed here.

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