A letter from the American Conservative Union and the Institute for Liberty to Fellow Conservatives

October 24, 2012

Dear Fellow Conservative Leaders,

Our organizations share a commitment to preserving freedom and capitalism in America’s market economy – from preventing unnecessary government interference in the marketplace to protecting individual property rights. We at ACU and IFL are concerned that, when it comes to ticket sales and resales, the new practice of “restrictive ticketing” represents a threat to free market forces and property rights.

“Restrictive ticketing” is a movement by some entities to create monopolies in the arena of ticket sales and radically restrict what consumers can do with the tickets they buy. It prevents or limits an individual ticketholder’s ability to sell or give away his or her own tickets. It crowds out small businesses from the market and assigns arbitrary pricing, whether lower or higher, to goods and services – regardless of the ticket’s true value, as determined by the desire and demand of consumers.

Those pushing restrictive tickets say they are a means to prevent scalping, and that freedom of contracts allows the imposition of unlimited terms and conditions and restrictions on the consumer.  But the real reason is to enable ticketing companies and their clients – venues, event producers and sports teams – to monopolize the secondary market for tickets to their events and to stifle competition from independent re-sellers and resale marketplaces.

Controlling the secondary market also allows these ticketing companies to impose price floors on resellers, thus ensuring that the secondary market cannot offer better deals than the primary market for the same event.  This violates free market principles.  If we buy tickets six weeks before an event and then circumstances prevent us from attending, we should have the right to give away, share or re-sell those tickets at any price we choose.

In a number of states, pro-free market legislators are leading efforts to protect property rights and competition when it comes to ticket sales. The bills they are proposing increase transparency in the process, preserve ownership rights and curb potential monopolies. Our members and supporters across the country applaud these efforts to protect the free market and individual rights. We urge you to join us in supporting these efforts.

Gregg Keller

Executive Director

American Conservative Union

Andrew Langer

President

Institute for Liberty

comments

Join ACU

The ACU Blog

**MUST WATCH** Bloomberg Politics is ‘All About That Bass’ at CPAC 2015

You just can’t miss this great video from Bloomberg Politics:

This week, Bloomberg Politics will flood the zone at the Conservative Political

A Statement from the American Conservative Union 2.22.2015

Media Contact: Ross Hemminger (419) 934-3069

All conservatives, including conservatives who are gay, are welcome at CPAC. Thoughtful consideration has been made to showcase all

Janine Stange Will Sing the National Anthem at the Reagan Dinner

Janine Stange, known for singing the national anthem in all 50 states, will sing the National Anthem at the Reagan Dinner this year.  To learn

CPAC is One Week Away!

Have you registered for CPAC 2015 yet?  It should be the biggest of our lifetimes… will you be there?

 

Watch the

The Road to CPAC

Conservatives Want a Candidate for President Who Can Connect, CPAC Chief Says

Originally published by The Daily Signal

by Ken McIntyre

>>> Update: The Daily Signal has learned that Fox News host Sean

Fox News: CPAC 2015: ACU Chairman Schlapp says Republican presidential nomination starts here

Originally posted on FoxNews.com

By

Editor’s note: Fox News’ Dana Perino, former White House press secretary and current

VIDEO: Townhall’s Kevin Glass On Why the Falling Deficit is Still Cause for Concern

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 1.10.59 PM

Originally published on Townhall.com

This year, the deficit is expected to drop to the lowest it has been since Barack Obama became president, according

Founded in 1964, the American Conservative Union (ACU) is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the nation. For more than forty years, ACU has served as an umbrella organization harnessing the collective strength of conservative organizations fighting for Americans who are concerned with liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values, and strong national defense. As America's premier conservative voice, ACU is the leading entity in providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, the Executive Branch, State Legislatures, the media, political candidates, and the public. Read More

1331 H St NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Ph: (202) 347-9388 | Fx: (202) 347-9389

Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Opportunities/Careers

ACU. All Rights Reserved.