Without explicitly mentioning pop star Taylor Swift and her upcoming tour, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke up for fans who spent hours on Monday trying to get concert tickets only to wait in a queue of thousands of people and in some cases be automatically logged out by ticketing giant Ticketmaster before they could make a purchase.\r\n\r\nThe significant technical glitches, as well as price-gouging on Ticketmaster\u0026#039;s resale platform, are the result of the 2010 merger between the company and Live Nation, which was approved by the Obama administration\u0026#039;s Justice Department, suggested Ocasio-Cortez and other critics.\r\n\r\n\u0022Daily reminder that Ticketmaster is a monopoly,\u0022 tweeted the New York Democrat. \u0022Break them up.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs Chokepoint Capitalism author Cory Doctorow explained in a video released by progressive media organization More Perfect Union on Tuesday, elected officials from both sides of the aisle helped create a live music market in which Ticketmaster controls 80% of venue ticket sales.\r\n\r\n\u0022How can Ticketmaster get away with it? Because they are the bullies of the music industry playground.\u0022\r\n\r\nNear-total control of the market has allowed the company to introduce an algorithmic \u0022dynamic pricing\u0022 model, which pushes prices as high as $5,000 per ticket in the case of one recent Bruce Springsteen tour, as well as leaving customers without other options if they run into major technical difficulties.\r\n\r\n\u0022How can Ticketmaster get away with it? Because they are the bullies of the music industry playground,\u0022 said Doctorow. \u0022Ticketmaster and Live Nation... can basically do whatever they want because they have seized control over every aspect of the live music industry by creating a monopoly. This ticketing cartel has the power to destroy venues and artists who refuse to work with them. They even have their own resale platform and they encourage ticket resellers to gouge fans.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022All of these exploitative practices make Ticketmaster execs very, very rich,\u0022 added Doctorow, pointing to the $70.6 billion compensation package given to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino in 2017.\r\n\r\nTicketmaster defended itself Tuesday, saying the technical issues were the result of \u0022historically unprecedented demand\u0022 for tickets, but Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.)—one of several Democratic lawmakers who last year called on the Biden administration to revisit the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger—noted that the company charges numerous processing and convenience fees which, according to More Perfect Union, now equal 78% of ticket costs.\r\n\r\n\u0022You would think the endless list of service and convenience and other fees would help Ticketmaster run a smooth webpage, but that isn\u0026#039;t the case,\u0022 Pascrell told The Hill. \u0022The only three constants in life anymore seem to be death, taxes, and fan frustration with Ticketmaster.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe ticketing fiasco came weeks after President Joe Biden announced his administration is cracking down on \u0022junk fees\u0022 that banks charge customers \u0022because they can.\u0022 The Federal Trade Commission launched a rulemaking process to \u0022broadly reduce junk fee practices across the economy, including for event ticketing, hotels, funeral homes, and any other industry that uses mandatory fees.\u0022\r\n\r\nNow, said lawmakers including Pascrell, Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the Biden administration must \u0022break up Ticketmaster.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022Ticketmaster\u0026#039;s excessive wait times and fees are completely unacceptable, as seen with today\u0026#039;s Taylor Swift tickets, and are a symptom of a larger problem,\u0022 said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.). \u0022It\u0026#039;s no secret that Live Nation-Ticketmaster is an unchecked monopoly.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The merger of these companies should never have been allowed in the first place,\u0022 he added.