The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) is an organization founded in 2005 with a mission to build a positive presence in Washington, DC to help preserve, promote, and defend a positive fraternal experience. FSPAC is committed to building strong relationships with candidates and lawmakers by providing financial support to their campaigns for office, amplifying Greek voices on the issues that affect the member experience, and lobbying for federal and state laws that positively impact Greek life.
Below are answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee.
What is Phi Delta Theta’s involvement with FSPAC?
Phi Delta Theta officially obtained a seat on the FSPAC Board of Directors in 2014 and after a brief hiatus, rejoined in 2018. David Almacy, General Council Reporter, currently represents Phi Delta Theta on the board. This 80-person board consists of balanced representation between fraternities and sororities and is responsible for promoting FSPAC issues, raising funds and approving candidate contributions.
Is the FSPAC partisan?
FSPAC is a truly bipartisan committee that contributes to individuals, regardless of their political party or their fraternity/sorority affiliation, who believe in the personal and professional growth opportunities and benefits that fraternities and sororities offer to college students.
What are the legislative priorities for FSPAC?
The FSPAC’s Legislative Agenda is to focus on federal and state laws that are made a priority by the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the National Panhellenic Council (NPC). Those priorities currently include supporting freedom of association rights on a college campus, providing COVID-19 relief and support, passing the first ever federal anti-hazing laws such as the REACH Act and the END ALL Hazing Act, and pushing the equalize tax law for all not-for-profit student housing.
Who does the FSPAC support financially?
FSPAC has strong criteria to determine which candidates receive funding. Prioritization goes to Senators, Representatives, and candidates with a track record of supporting pro-Greek life policies, Greek organization alumni/alumnae or friends of Greek Life, and leaders of committees of jurisdiction over Greek life policy issues. As the FSPAC is the only political action committee and voice for fraternity and sorority related issues, these are the only issues used in considering who to support financially.
How are FSPAC funds distributed among political candidates by party?
FSPAC support is bipartisan and generally reflects the political party affiliations of Greek alumni/alumnae currently in Congress. During the 2018 election cycle, Greeks in Congress were 63% Republican and 37% Democrat. During that same cycle, 60% of FSPAC gifts went to Republicans and 40% went to Democrats. Currently, for the 2020 election cycle, Greeks in Congress are 52% Republican and 48% Democrat, and FSPAC giving was 51% Republican and 48% Democrat, as of August 1, 2020.
How are FSPAC funds distributed among women or minority political candidates?
Two priorities of FSPAC are supporting first time Greek alumnae candidates and minority-race candidates. The current Congress is 24% female and 23% minority, and FSPAC has given 39% of its contributions to female candidates and 23% of its contributions to minority candidates so far this election cycle. So far, in the 2019-2020 election cycle, the only candidates to receive the legally maximum support are:
- One Hispanic male Democrat
- Two African-American female Democrats
- One Asian-American female Democrats
- One white male Republican
- One white male Jewish Democrat
- Two white female Republicans
Where do FSPAC contributions come from?
FSPAC contributions are primarily made by individuals from many different backgrounds and Greek organizations. Annually, 5% to 10% of FSPAC contributions come directly from student donors. Donations made from international/national/local organizations are legally prohibited from being used to directly support the election of a specific candidate. No dues or fees from Phi Delta Theta members are used to contribute to FSPAC.
How are students involved in FSPAC?
FSPAC elects 2-4 students annually to serve one-year terms on its Board of Directors with full voting rights.
How is Fraternity and Sorority Action Fund (FSAF) different from FSPAC?
FSAF is a non-profit social welfare organization, seperate from FSPAC, that exists to do things that FSPAC is not allowed to raise funds or spend money on. FSAF does not exist to contribute to political campaigns. FSAF funds have been used on a to a range of actions, including:
- Defending the single-sex fraternity and sorority experience via winning recent lawsuits at both Harvard and Yale
- Funding grassroots engagement for students and alumni/alumnae to be heard in Congress
- Funding state-level advocacy focused on preserving student’s rights to be housed together off-campus
Where can more information about FSPAC be found?
More information on the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee’s history, legislative priorities, and donors can be found on their website, http://fspac.org/.