Fearless Advocacy heralds client successes during 2015-16 legislative session; Announces expansion and upcoming move

SACRAMENTO (October 4, 2016) – With the passage of the Sept. 30 deadline for Gov. Brown to weigh in on the bills on this desk, Fearless Advocacy congratulated its clients on an incredibly successful two years of effort at the State Capitol. The nine nonprofit organizations represented by Fearless Advocacy saw 10 of their 14 sponsored bills successfully enacted. Clients collectively weighed in on nearly 60 bills and budget proposals during the 2015-16 session, coming away with nearly 80 percent of their desired outcomes.

“It’s been my pleasure to get up every day these past two years and advocate for such great causes and wonderful organizations,” said Jennifer Fearing, president and founder of Fearless Advocacy, who was named this year as #95 on Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List. “The collective work of these fine organizations are making California better for people, animals, and places. We can’t wait to keep fearlessly championing their visions.”

Launched in November 2014, Sacramento-based Fearless Advocacy specializes in advancing the policy agendas of mission-based and cause-oriented organizations.

To better support Fearless Advocacy clients’ needs, the firm announced it will move to a bigger office closer to the Capitol in December, joining regular collaborators like Scott Sadler and Pete Montgomery in a new office space being built out at 1100-11th Street.

The new space will accommodate firm growth as well, as Fearless Advocacy welcomed its first associate, Kimberly Schneider, in late September. Kim previously worked for EcoConsult, an environmental lobbying firm for three years and prior to that worked on advocacy matters for the Planning and Conservation League. She is focusing on client communications, research and policy.

“I am excited to work with a talented and dedicated suite of clients,” said Schneider. “Grateful to be part of this fearless adventure.”

Fearless Advocacy’s 2015-16 highlights by client include:

  • Animal Welfare Institute – Sponsored legislation (SB 859) championed by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica). The California Orca Protection Act ends the breeding and theatrical display of captive orcas.
  • Best Friends Animal Society – Sponsored legislation (AB 1825) co-authored by Assemblymen Rich Gordon (D-Palo Alto) and Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) that will give second chances to the canine victims of criminal animal fighting.
  • CalNonprofits – Hosted an extraordinarily successful inaugural California Nonprofits Day with more than six dozen nonprofits from around the state honored on the Assembly and Senate floors pursuant to adoption of ACR 192 (by Assemblyman Gordon) which proclaimed June 22, 2016 California Nonprofit Day. Also built a 700+ organization coalition that successfully stopped pernicious legislation (AB 2855) that would have required nonprofits to affix a “warning label” to their websites and fundraising materials.
  • Center for Food Safety – Championed successful budget proposals to invest more state resources in studying the impacts of neonicotinoids on pollinator health and to reverse an undemocratic policy of state preemption of local GMO ordinances.
  • Defenders of Wildlife – Sponsored legislation (SB 1386) authored by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) that emphasizes the important role of protecting and managing natural and working lands in meeting the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Also sponsored legislation (SB 17) authored by Senator William Monning (D-Monterey) that reauthorized the state’s Sea Otter Fund, which has already collected more than $300,000 in 2016 to support the state’s sea otter research and protection programs.
  • The Humane Society of the United States Sponsored bills to protect elephants from poaching (AB 96 by Assembly Speaker Emeritus Toni Atkins, D-San Diego) and cruel abuse (SB 1062 by Senator Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens). Also sponsored legislation (AB 797) co-authored by Assemblymen Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Marc Steinorth (R-San Bernardino) that grants legal immunity to Good Samaritans who provide relief to animals trapped in hot cars. Led successful effort to ensure that California’s decades-old ban on the sale and trade of kangaroo parts was reinstated.
  • San Diego Humane Society – Supported eight successful animal protection efforts, and helped stop a misguided attempt to weaken tenants’ rights to live with support animals (AB 2760).
  • San Francisco SPCA – Sponsored legislation to close a legal loophole that allowed dogs and cats to be killed using carbon monoxide gas. AB 2505 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) passed the legislature unanimously and was signed by Governor Brown.