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Zephyr Teachout

Running for Attorney General
New York
Election: Sept. 13, 2018

I grew up in a rural town with a Constitutional Law Professor father who had been active in the civil rights movement, and a mother who is a state court judge. From an early age, I learned how to herd sheep, weed potatoes, and never back down from a hard fight. I was cited in the dissent in Citizens United and wrote the book, Corruption in America. Money in politics drives many of the problems we face: underfunded schools, high rents and debt, inequality, unaffordable health care, abuse of workers, environmental devastation, and more. I've been an independent voice against corruption in Albany and a national advocate for reviving antitrust to bust the new monopolies. I started my career representing people on death row and believe prosecutors must play a key role in criminal justice reform, fighting against mass incarceration, cash bail, and discriminatory policing. I received a BA from Yale and graduated summa cum laude from Duke Law School.