The state of New Jersey is set to debate a bill that would force politicians to play on an equal playing field with the average citizen when it comes to ticket resale.
New Jersey State Senator Anthony Bucco plans to introduce a bill that would make it illegal for politicians to resell tickets at prices above face value. Under the current New Jersey state law, it is illegal for average citizens to resell tickets at excessive mark-ups above face value. However, these limitations are waved for politicians, who are allowed to resell tickets at any value under the guise of fundraising.
Bucco’s new bill seeks to reign in the ability of politicians to create profit off of event tickets. In a release on his Web site, Bucco outlines his reasoning for the bill, saying,”Candidates for public office should not be able to purchase tickets to popular concerts and events at face value and mark them up for sale to donors. If members of the public cannot resell their tickets for substantial profit, elected officials and candidates for office should not be allowed to do so either.”
According to Bucco, politicians routinely offer tickets to high profile events as rewards for attending fundraising dinners and gatherings. He sees this bill as a step toward removing “the veils or privilege and secrecy that shroud the public’s view of their government.”