According to reports, President Barack Obama will be attending a Democrat fundraiser hours after leaving the Fort Hood memorial that will be held on Wednesday. The White House has confirmed that the president will attend the memorial, and reports say that he will then go on to Houston for a fundraiser for House and Senate Democrats. The cost of the tickets are $16,200 per person and $64,800 for a couple.
A White House aide says President Barack Obama plans to attend a memorial service Wednesday at Fort Hood — the site of last week’s shooting rampage.
The memorial is also the same day Obama will reportedly attend a Democratic fundraiser in Houston for House and Senate candidates.
The Associated Press obtained an invitation to the April 9 event where tickets start at $16,200 a person and go up to $64,800 for a couple. Democratic leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are also expected to attend.
The AP reports that the money raised at the fundraiser will go to Democratic campaign committees in the House and Senate.
A Fort Hood spokesman confirms there will be a remembrance ceremony that day, and presidential adviser Dan Pfeiffer tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Obama will be there.
Investigators say that an Army truck driver, Ivan Lopez, had an argument before opening fire at the Texas post last Wednesday, killing three soldiers and wounding 16 others before taking his own life.
Fort Hood’s commander hasn’t discussed the cause of the argument.
The attack was the second at the base since 2009, when 13 people were killed in a shooting by an Army psychiatrist.