29 August 2004: Combustible DeLay may be low key at RNC, AP
"An ardent supporter of the aerospace industry, DeLay will speak at a "Space Jam" reception at Studio 450 honoring him Tuesday night, a month after he vowed to restore $1.1 billion that House Republicans tentatively cut from NASA's budget. Sponsors of the invitation-only reception include Boeing , Northrop Grumman, Orbital, software company AGI and the Space Foundation. Brian Chase, the foundation's vice president, said the $50,000 reception is to thank DeLay, not an effort to affect the outcome of the spending fight."
Editor's note: There will be another space-related reception at the RNC. This one will be held on Thursday evening and will honor Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX). Sponsors include Boeing, USA, and Lockheed Martin.
"On August 24, 2004, the University of Houston System is hosting a reception honoring The Honorable Tom DeLay, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives, at the Atrium II, Bayou Building, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Boulevard, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will also be a cash bar."
Editor's note: Word has it that this reception is under scrutiny for possible use of state funds. Moreover, it was sent out a day after copies of the Hatch Act were distributed to NASA employees. Stay tuned.