For decades, the CalChamber has effectively built support around pro-business legislation and initiatives. Our members trust us to pave the way for a healthy business environment. We do this through our powerful issue coalitions, letter writing and ballot initiative campaigns. Add your voice by joining our grassroots efforts today.
Climate Change and Energy
The CalChamber supported legislation that will help maintain a healthy economy and provide the least costly path to achieving the state’s ambitious climate goals by extending California’s cap-and-trade program. By 2030, Californians must reduce carbon emissions by 40% below their already-constrained 2020 levels. See Top Story
There’s a reason the Wall Street Journal dubbed CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg “coalition man.” For decades, the CalChamber has effectively built support around pro-business candidates and initiatives. Our members trust us to pave the way for a healthy business environment. We do this through our powerful political action committees and ballot initiative campaigns.
Formed in 1995, ChamberPAC is a bipartisan political action committee that has historically supported business-friendly incumbent legislators and makes recommendations to the CalChamber Board on primary candidate endorsements. Contribute to help elect pro-jobs legislators who support improving the business climate for the employer community.
The CalChamber co-chairs this employer-based PAC, which meets during the election year to interview candidates and review the progress of their campaigns. JobsPAC has won bipartisan approval for its efforts to support pro-business candidates running in open legislative seats.
When the legislative process fails, pro-business and anti-business forces turn to the initiative process to take proposals directly to California voters. The CalChamber has backed initiatives to enact tax relief and tort reform, successfully challenged split roll property tax proposals and defeated security litigation.
We will continue to lead efforts to fight anti-business proposals, including those that threaten to increase taxes, health care expenses and frivolous lawsuits.
The California Business Political Action Committee (CalBusPAC) was established in 1976 to qualify, support and/or oppose statewide ballot initiatives. Contributions to CalBusPAC will aid California employers in preparing for future ballot battles.
Going global? The California Chamber of Commerce has a wealth of global resources and contacts to get you started. Whether your interest is trade issues, federal legislation, or everything you need to know about the import/export business, chances are you’ll find what you need to take your business to new levels.
As California steps further into the international market, we’ll be there. Over the years, CalChamber delegations have participated in the state’s trade and investment missions to China, Tokyo, London, Mexico City, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Taipei and Johannesburg.
Members and CalChamber officials also have participated in international trade events in Expo ’86 in Vancouver, Expo ’88 in Brisbane, Expo ’10 in Shanghai, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. CalChamber Board members and officials have accompanied five California Governors to various worldwide destinations, including Mexico City to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia, China, and Europe.
Issues & Agreements
Numerous trade issues and agreements affect the United States and consequently, California. CalChamber’s International site provides trade statistics, U.S. Trade Agreements, and regional overviews with links to related organizations and documents. Constantly updated, the Trading Partner Portals provide insight into California’s trade with over 50 countries.