Charles Schumer pressures 12-12-12 resellers to donate profits to Sandy victims
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Tickets for the sold-out 12-12-12 benefit at Madison Square Garden, featuring a rare superstar lineup including Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West and more, has become a scalper's dream, with resellers looking to make up to $60,000 for a ticket.
"I find it extremely disheartening that people are trying to profit off this concert rather than focusing all their attention on helping those that were harmed by Superstorm Sandy," Schumer wrote in a letter to leading online ticket resellers StubHub, TicketExchange, TicketsNow and TicketLiquidator Thursday. "Many New Yorkers lost their homes and livelihoods in the devastation that followed the storm and this benefit concert will help bring attention and money that is badly needed to hard-hit areas."
Schumer's plan would make it more difficult for the scalpers to resell tickets to Wednesday's concert at a price higher than the $150-$2,500 that they originally paid for them. Ticketmaster's TicketExchange and TicketsNow never listed tickets for 12-12-12, because it's the company's policy not to resell tickets to charitable events.
Glenn Lehrman, spokesman for StubHub, said the company would review Schumer's request, adding that some of what the senator sought "may not be technologically possible." Lehrman said StubHub would donate its proceeds from 12-12-12 ticket resales on its site -- about 25 percent of the sale price -- to the Robin Hood Foundation.
"Our view is that those tickets were going to be resold -- on the street, on Craigslist," Lehrman said. "We felt that if we allowed the resale, the charity would get additional money that it probably wouldn't have gotten otherwise."