“Your dues are political.” Northwestern University Greek life grapples with its financial relationship to FratPAC

Megan Munce of The Daily Northwestern –

“Your dues are political.”

A bright yellow Instagram post with this claim on the first slide rapidly spread throughout the Northwestern Greek community in late July, representing the first time many Northwestern students had heard of the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee.

Known more colloquially as FratPAC, the Fraternity and Sorority PAC collects contributions from Greek organizations and their alumni to lobby congressional members to support Greek interests and to fund election campaigns of Greek life alumni. FratPAC’s actions were detailed in that July 20 post by the Instagram account “Abolish Richmond Greek Life,” which prompted many Northwestern students to reconsider their involvement with Greek life.

A jarring notice of where dues go

Communication junior Camille Garcia-Mendoza, who is in the process of deactivating from Gamma Phi Beta, said she had long been aware of Greek life’s history of exclusion and marginalization, but was shocked at the extent of its political power detailed in the post.

Note: Radnor Reports’ Ken Feltman in a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. At Northwestern, he wrote for the Daily Northwestern, had a weekly program on the campus radio station and was a fraternity member.


About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Known as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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