Inaugural Tickets

The Post reports that authorities warn House and Senate staffers against selling inaugural tickets.

As a general matter, conversion of official Senate or House property or resources to private purposes may violate federal law and Senate and House rules. Moreover, the conflicts of interest provisions of both the Senate and House Codes of Official Conduct specifically prohibit even the appearance that Members or staff are “cashing in” on their official position (i.e., using their Senate or House position for personal gain). These provisions are intended as a broad prohibition against Members, officers, and employees deriving financial benefit, directly or indirectly, from the use of their official positions.

The Joint Congressional Committee for Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) considers the sale of tickets provided to Members, or distributed to Congressional staff for personal use, to be inappropriate and to give rise to an appearance of impropriety. Congressional personnel selling tickets will be reported…

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