Conservative Activists Join Fight Against Fairness in Ticketing Act

Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:25pm EDT

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Property Rights, Free-Market Principles Spur Conservative Grassroots Movement
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(Business Wire)--
Local conservative activists have called upon Tennessee legislators to oppose
the Fairness in Ticketing Act, which they say would strip concert and sporting
event ticketholders of ownership rights and undermine the competitive, free
market in resale tickets. 

Ben Cunningham, who led the fight against a state income tax in Tennessee and is
chairman of Tennessee Tax Revolt and the Nashville Tea Party, along with blogger
Ken "Blue Collar Muse" Marrero, who heads a statewide alliance of conservative
organizations, are urging legislators to oppose the anti-consumer bill in a
Senate vote on Monday night. 

"Tennessee conservatives believe that when we buy tickets, it is our choice
whether to use them, give them away or resell them, and that the venues and
ticket issuers give up control over our property the moment we pay them for that
ticket," said Cunningham. 

The bill, which has been amended three times this legislative session, still
includes a provision that empowers live-event venues to restrict ticket
reselling by purchasers. 

Although the bill`s sponsors claim to have fixed the ownership issue with
amendments, Marrero`s organization, ConserVOLiance, disagrees. 

"This is a question of property rights and free markets principles, and the
Fairness in Ticketing Act undermines both," said Marrero. "The Tennessee
legislature has no business picking winners and losers through the legislative
process, particularly when fans are the ultimate losers," Marrero added. 

The Fairness in Ticketing Act is scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate on
Monday night, and will be heard in the House Business and Utilities Committee on
Wednesday. 

About Fan Freedom

Launched in February 2011, Fan Freedom is supported by more than 100,000
live-event fans, including more than 6,000 Tennesseans, and is backed by leading
consumer and businesses groups, such as the American Conservative Union,
National Consumers League, Consumer Action, the Institute for Liberty, the
League of Fans, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, and Net
Choice.

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