Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to Texas Friday to raise money for his re-election bid.
The president will be the main attraction at two fundraisers in Houston. According to a Democratic official, more than 600 people will attend the first event, at Union Station at Minute Maid Park, with tickets starting at $500.
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The official said the second gathering will be a smaller reception of about 70 people at a private residence, with tickets costing $35,800. That's the legal limit an individual is allowed to contribute to a campaign per cycle and to a party committee per year. All the money raised at the fundraisers will go to the Obama Victory Fund, which is joint account of the Obama re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Meanwhile, a top Senate Republican from Texas is criticizing Obama's trip to the Lone Star State.
"Barely 24 hours after maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat the Keystone pipeline and the Gulf Coast jobs that come with it, the President again will use Texas to replenish his campaign coffers," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, in a statement. "Texans deserve a Commander-in-Chief whose primary concern is creating more jobs for them, not using our state as an ATM to protect his own."
The Senate on Thursday narrowly rejected a Republican-sponsored measure that would have bypassed the Obama administration's current objections to the Keystone XL pipeline and allowed construction on the controversial project to move forward immediately. The proposed 1,700-mile long pipeline expansion, intended to carry crude oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has become a political lightning rod.