California Business Political Action Committee (CalBusPAC)

The California Chamber of Commerce issues political action committee, CalBusPAC, has been helping to qualify, support and/or oppose statewide ballot initiatives since 1976. Funds contributed to CalBusPAC are used for initiative campaign expenses, including polling research, message development and media execution. There are no limits to contributions to this committee.

Pro-Business Reforms Supported by CalBusPAC

  • The top two candidates open primary system, Proposition 14, allowing all voters to choose any candidate regardless of the candidate’s or voter’s political party preference. The new system empowers more voters to choose their representatives and will create more competitive general elections to help elect more pro-jobs legislators (2010).
  • Clearly defining fees and taxes at the state and local levels through Proposition 26 so that governments can’t pass real taxes with a simple majority vote (2010).
  • Taking the redrawing of political district boundaries away from legislators through Proposition 11 to make politicians more accountable to voters (2008).
  • Extending the redistricting reform with Proposition 20, assigning the drawing of congressional district boundaries to the citizens commission (2010).
  • Eliminating frivolous shakedown lawsuits with Proposition 64 (2004).

Anti-Business Proposals Defeated with CalBusPAC Support

  • An initiative (Proposition 19) that not only would have legalized marijuana use in California, but also would have created a legal quagmire for employers, compromised workplace safety and established a new class of protected workers in the state (2010).
  • An effort by incumbent politicians to eliminate the citizens redistricting commission through Proposition 27 (2010).
  • A tax on California oil production (Proposition 87) that would have increased dependence on more expensive foreign and imported oil, leading to higher gas prices (2006).
  • A tax on employers to fund political campaigns (Proposition 89) while limiting the ability of small businesses, non-profits and others to educate voters about issues (2006).
  • A multibillion-dollar health care tax (Proposition 72) to create a government-run health care system (2004).

For more information on how to help business prepare for future ballot battles, contact the CalChamber Public Affairs Department.

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