In 2010, RainbowPAC’s predecessor, the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee, worked with other community leaders to win designation of Sacramento’s LGBT community as a “community of interest” by Sacramento County, City of Sacramento and the SMUD board. The result was formation of a central city voting district that in 2012 elected Sacramento’s first openly LGBT councilmember, Steve Hansen.
In 2012 the Chamber and RainbowPAC were instrumental in passage of California AB 1960, sponsored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, which for the first time in history required that California state agencies collect data on LGBT-owned businesses that contract with the state. In 2014 RainbowPAC, working with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and other LGBT Chambers, helped pass AB 1678, sponsored by Assemblymember Rich Gordon, which required that all companies regulated by the state Public Utility Commission include LGBT-owned businesses in their diverse supplier programs.
RainbowPAC played an active role in the 2016 election year, hosting a Sacramento Mayor Candidate Forum in partnership with NPR station KVIE-TV, Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento and the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, and endorsing 14 candidates for state legislature, county board of supervisors, Sacramento Mayor and Sacramento City Council in the June 2016 primary elections. Of those receiving RainbowPAC endorsement in the primary, nine candidates advanced to the November general election or received the votes necessary to avoid a November run-off in California’s top-two election system.
Also in 2016, RainbowPAC endorsed legislation carried by Assemblymember Evan Lowe that would prohibit state-funded travel to states with laws that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The PAC participated in Keep Sacramento Working, a coalition of business organizations concerned about local efforts to increase the minimum wage and endorsed Proposition 55, which extended a higher tax rate for high-income earners.