Expert Alert: Jones available to comment on Obama’s Houston visit

David Ruth

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Rice expert available to comment on Obama fundraising

President Obama to visit Houston Friday for high-dollar fundraising

HOUSTON – (March 8, 2012) – As the race for the GOP nomination has no end in sight and the candidates burn through donors’ campaign donations, President Barack Obama is continuing to build a large re-election campaign war chest.

Obama will attend two fundraising events in Houston on Friday. The first at Union Station at Minute Maid Park, where tickets are going for $500 and a photo with the president will go for $10,000. In the second event at the home of a wealthy supporter, a ticket for a close encounter dinner is going for $38,500.

Mark Jones, chair of political science at Rice and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment today and Friday about both the GOP presidential race and fundraising, along with President Obama’s visit to Houston.

Jones is regularly quoted nationally about American and Texas politics and has been closely following the 2012 race for the White House. For more information on Jones, click here.

Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. To schedule an interview with Jones, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6327.


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Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.