July 2013 Newsletter

Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee newsletter

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the Fraternity and Sorority Ρ ΣΤ Υ Φ Π ΛΜ ΝΞ Ο A ΖΗΘΙΚ ΔΕ Ω ΑΒΓ ΧΨ 2011-12 Election Cycle Most Successful for FSPAC s 2013 begins, the state of the Fraternity and Sorority PAC (FSPAC) is very strong thanks to support from you and hundreds of others nationwide. As you will read in this newsletter, the 2011-12 election cycle was our most successful cycle ever in terms of fundraising, and we used those funds to great effect. Some items worth noting: • We now have our largest board of directors with a first-ever majority of female directors. • Six outstanding students were selected to serve one-year terms on the board. • We saw an 80% winning percentage for the 100 candidates we supported in the 2012 election. • The 113th Congress includes 145 fraternity and sorority members. • Twelve Greeks won first-time House (9) or Senate (3) races with FSPAC assistance. • Three NPC alumnae won their first House/ Senate races with FSPAC assistance. T • Twenty-eight of 34 (82%) Democrats FSPAC supported this cycle won their elections. - 10 of 11 (91%) in the Senate - 18 of 23 (78%) in the House • Fifty-two of 66 Republicans (79%) FSPAC supported this cycle won their elections. - 5 of 12 (42%) in the Senate - 47 of 54 (87%) in the House   The 2013-14 election cycle is a promising one for FSPAC. We will celebrate our 10th year of operation in 2014, and our mission to support Greeks running for Congress is as important as ever. Public confidence in Congress is at a historically low point as citizens grow frustrated with partisan-driven gridlock on the major issues confronting our nation. FSPAC thinks a Congress that has more fraternity and sorority members means more people who have the skills, standards, and values to make the tough decisions needed to preserve our democracy for future generations. Among the issues before this Congress are items that will impact the quality of fraternity life in the future: 1.Preserving the value of charitable deductions. 2.Passing the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act to improve living conditions for students across the country. 3.Educating Congress about our efforts to fight hazing on campus. 4.Protecting the freedom of association and due process rights of students as Congress considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The FSPAC needs the resources to have our voice heard on these important issues over the next two years.   We thank you for your past support. Please join us in celebrating 10 years of FSPAC success by renewing your financial support in 2013 and 2014. FSPAC Supports an Expanded Legislative Platform he FSPAC continues to be an active partner with the North-American Interfraternity Conference and the National Panhellenic Conference in the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition. Formed in April 2011, the Coalition has been instrumental in building awareness of the importance of this community's efforts to have an impact upon the regulation and legislation at both national and state levels of government. The mission of the Coalition is to build a permanent platform for an integrated federal government relations program supporting the objectives and needs of fraternal life. The key issues that have been identified by the Coalition are as follows: • Preserving freedom of association - Student rights • Maintaining Title IX rights - Single-sex organizations • Preserving charitable deductibility • Supporting essentials of student success and safety - Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act - Violence against women legislation - Hazing prevention - Mental health awareness - College affordability The Coalition is united in building awareness among our members of the many issues challenging our community. With an engaged community, we will be better positioned to advocate for regulations and legislation that preserves and enhances fraternal life. Kappa Alpha Thetas enjoy the FSPAC celebration. 2 Preserving the Greek experience for

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