Illinois senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama and his campaign have had a tough past few days. CNN today released its average of national surveys showing the Republican candidate John McCain has chipped into Obama’s lead trailing now by only one percentage point. To make matters worse, CBS4 out of Denver reported that his campaign was soliciting Democratic Party supporters to buy tickets to the senator’s August 28 acceptance speech at Invesco Field, tickets which were free to the public. (See video below)

According to the report, people were directed to an unpublicized part of Obama’s official Web site in order to purchase tickets for $1,000 apiece.

One of the sources that were in contact with the news station called the ticket sale unethical, while another called it “an underground fundraising operation”

A search conducted by TicketNews did not show any of the tickets listed on any of the top secondary ticket sites. A spokesperson for the campaign told CBS4 that they were proud of making the event free to the public and only a small amount of tickets were sold for fundraising purposes.

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