The White House usually provides an allotment of tickets for White House events to each party’s national convention, which then distributes them to members as they see fit. Other ticketed celebrations include Christmas decoration viewings and garden tours in the spring and fall.
“Salute to America” is free and open to the general public, but there is a ticketed section near the front for VIPs. Ticket perks include standing areas with a better view or, in some cases, seating.
The RNC spokeswoman said several of the tickets they received went to top donors, but the RNC would not comment when asked how many tickets went to donors or how large the total allotment was.