Below is an email of interest to all sorority and fraternity alumni. We have been asked to forward it to our members. Thank you!
From: Michael Mayer
Date: February 13, 2019 at 7:29:28 PM EST
Subject: Fraternity/Sorority PAC Support Opportunity
Fraternities and sororities need your help! They need it NOW!
There has never been a more critical time to play a part in defending and enhancing the fraternity and sorority experience. Increasingly, colleges across the nation have threatened students with reprisals for belonging to single-sex organizations, placed limitations on membership recruitment, and sanctioned or punished the many for the actions of the very few.
The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) exists to build strong relationships with candidates and lawmakers at the Federal level, and to advocate for legislation and policy that will preserve our single-sex status, protect the right to freedom of association, provide due process rights for individuals, and gain equitable tax treatment on donated dollars for member housing.
During the last two-year congressional cycle, we had language inserted in the Higher Education Act reauthorization bill in the House of Representatives that would prohibit universities from unfairly discriminating against members of single-sex organizations. In addition, the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act—allowing tax-exempt contributions for fraternity and sorority housing—was placed in the comprehensive tax bill that passed in the House in December.
These accomplishments would not have happened without those strong relationships in Congress, and those relationships cannot happen without your support. When the FSPAC makes a contribution to a Member of Congress, we create the opportunity to turn that friend into a champion for our issues.
Theta Chi Fraternity is a committed board member of FSPAC, steadfastly believes in its purpose, and encourages you to be among our many brothers who provide the funding vital to FSPAC’s success.
In this age of hyper-partisanship, the FSPAC is a distinctive and refreshing presence in Washington, DC. We are truly bipartisan and contribute to individuals in both political parties. We choose our candidates carefully, too. In the November 2018 elections, funding from FSPAC went to 169 candidates, and 87% of those candidates won and now serve in the 116th Congress.
FSPAC’s support is growing too. Consider this:
* In the 2017-2018 cycle, FSPAC raised $890,000—shattering our previous best two-year total. FSPAC has become the largest higher education political action committee.
* During that same cycle, our donor base expanded significantly and several new fraternal organizations joined our board of directors.
* Theta Chi Fraternity’s role in FSPAC continues to grow with three of our Brothers serving on the FSPAC Board of Directors
Yes, we have momentum, but the task in front of us is daunting. There’s a host of fresh faces in Congress and a different party controls the House. Productive new relationships must be built, existing ones must continue to be fostered, and new legislation needs to be written and advanced. Our fundraising goal for 2019-2020 is a bold and robust $1,400,000—and every dollar of that is critical and will be put to very good use.
Your support of the FSPAC says, “Today’s college students deserve to have the same friendship, leadership, learning, and service experience I had when I was a student.”
A pledge can be made with the attached Pledge Form, or you may make a contribution directly online at our secure website, www.fspac.org.
Your donation will make a difference!
Contributions to the FSPAC are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer for each individual whose contribution exceeds $200 in a calendar year. Funds received in response to this solicitation will be subject to federal contribution limits and source prohibitions. Contributions are limited by law to $5,000 per year from any individual or PAC, and contributions from federal contractors or foreign nationals are prohibited.