Richard C. Blumenthal is the Attorney General of the State of Connecticut, and a high profile critic and watchdog of the event ticket industry.

The 63-year-old Democrat and Yale Law School graduate was elected to the position in 1990, and he has made a name for himself as a tireless defender of consumer rights. In addition to training an eye on the ticket industry, Blumenthal has also been instrumental in fighting for protections for children on Internet Web sites such as Myspace.

Blumenthal opposed the repeal of Connecticut’s anti-scalping laws, which were still approved, and he also opposes the proposed merger between Ticketmaster and Live Nation.

Billboard Bombshell: Live Nation Admits Artists Scalp Own Tickets
In a rare admission of a commonly known tactic among industry insiders, Live Nation told Billboard that the company has facilitated the practice of bands and promoters directly moving their ticket inventory through resale markets – scalping their own held-back tickets – without them ever being made available to... Read more
Senators Moran, Blumenthal Question Ticketmaster Practices
United States Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have composed a letter with several questions for Live Nation Entertainment CEO Michael Rapino in the wake of last week’s CBC/Toronto Star reporting Ticketmaster resale practices. The chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer... Read more
Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation last month into the business ratings system employed by the Connecticut Better Business Bureau (CTBBB) because he harbored similar concerns as those brought up last week in a lawsuit filed against the bureau by TicketNetwork. TicketNetwork, which the CTBBB gave a... Read more