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Consider the Facts Before Condemning Fraternities and Sororities

March 27, 2015

To the Editor, Chronicle of Higher Education: A recent wave of negative news about fraternity life has some pundits proposing draconian solutions that would undermine the freedom of association rights and the educational experience of 800,000 other students nationwide. Some critics even seek to revoke the tax-exempt status of fraternities and sororities. We think the pundits are wrong. The merits of the fraternity experience far outweigh the damaging acts carried out by a handful of students whose actions undermine the reputations of our organizations. More...

Statement to Bloomberg News re: FGRC Legislative Efforts

March 24, 2015

The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) lobby together on policy issues of mutual concern to our more than 800,000 undergraduates and almost ten million alumni members. More...

A Decade of Action

March 02, 2015

Today, March 2, is the tenth anniversary of the founding of Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC). Founders Day is an important date for every national fraternity and sorority because it’s an annual reminder of values and goals that led to the founding of our organizations. It’s a chance to reflect back and a chance to think about the goals for our future. It’s been an amazing first decade of operations for our group, thanks in large part to the support you and thousands of other sorority and fraternity members have given to FSPAC since 2005. More...

Joint Statement from FSPAC, NPC & NIC on University of Virginia/Rolling Stone Controversy

December 07, 2014

The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) and the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) believes recent events show the need for a comprehensive reevaluation of many issues related to students and sexual assault on campus. We are saddened at the lack of journalistic integrity Rolling Stone demonstrated in publishing its article on campus rape at the University of Virginia. The reporter and magazine’s reckless actions have many negative impacts on higher education that cannot be fixed with a simple apology. More...

Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee Statement on Freedom of Association

November 30, 2014

The Fraternity and Sorority PAC (FSPAC) is concerned about recent efforts to restrict college students from exercising their right to freedom of association and the rights codified in Title IX to be a member of a single-sex organization on campus. Fraternities and sororities make a substantial contribution to the higher education experience - providing students with unique pathways to lead their peers, contribute to their campus and local community, live by a set of values, and create relationships that will last a lifetime. A comprehensive and independent Gallup survey in the summer of 2014 confirmed that the fraternity and sorority experience creates college graduates who are more likely to be highly satisfied and productive adults. Read more...

FSPAC Statement on The Atlantic Cover Story

February 24, 2014

Last week, The Atlantic published a lengthy cover story examining some safety-related elements of the collegiate fraternity experience. The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is disappointed that this article failed to accurately portray the realities and benefits of fraternal membership for today's student leaders. Read more...

Federal Lobbying - Permissible Activities

October 29, 2013

Federal law permits fraternal foundations and other public charities to engage in both direct and grass roots lobbying – within specific parameters.  This memorandum provides a roadmap for fraternal foundations that desire to advance their charitable missions, in part, by lobbying. Read more...

FSPAC Response to Biased Bloomberg Coverage of Our Work in Washington

July 26, 2013

This week, Bloomberg News has published two lengthy pieces about the government relations program of the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition (FGRC), which is comprised of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), and The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC).  The initial Bloomberg piece generated a great deal of other media attention this week. 

Over the last few months a number of interfraternal leaders were contacted by Bloomberg News seeking interviews about the FGRC and the FSPAC and our work together in Washington.  

We asked our lead lobbyist in Washington, Kevin O’Neill of Patton Boggs, to be the FGRC spokesperson with Bloomberg.  Kevin spoke with the Bloomberg reporter five times over two days in May and June for a total of approximately 90 minutes.  

We all know that media coverage of fraternities often relies on use of sensationalist narratives and clichés because a balanced examination of the issues requires more work for the reporter.  We think the Bloomberg News articles this week were slanted and unfair, especially the article regarding the FGRC’s role in potential for federal hazing legislation.  Rather than let the facts dictate the story, the Bloomberg reporter had a slant and omitted all facts that ran contrary to that viewpoint. 

We write today to provide you with a more complete summary of our conversations with the Bloomberg reporter because they better demonstrate what we are doing in Washington.  Clicking the headline link above will provide you with a summary of our concerns with the Bloomberg articles and offer you a sampling of some of the material we provided to the reporter that was omitted from the stories.

We are rightly proud of the FGRC’s efforts to be the voice for the policy needs of our students and alumni/alumnae members.  Our voice is making a difference and being attacked in print like this is actually a particularly acute sign of our relevance in policy debates. 

As needed, we would be happy to discuss our work in Washington in greater detail with the leaders of your organizations.

 

Interfraternally Yours,

Cindy Stellhorn, President

Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee 

 

Tax, Benefits and Nonprofit Organizations Client Alert

February 06, 2013

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Impact on Charitable Giving and Exempt Organizations.  Read More (PDF)...