Zephyr Teachout

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Zephyr Rain Teachout is an Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University. In 2014 she is running against Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of New York.


Zephyr Rain Teachout (her name since birth) was born and raised on a farm in Vermont. She was involved with Occupy Wall Street.[1]

Teachout is an antitrust and media expert who served as the Director of Internet organizing for the 2004 Howard Dean Presidential Campaign. She co-founded A New Way Forward, an organization built to break up the power of big banks.[2] Teachout was the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation.


2014 New York gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Teachout narrowly lost a nomination bid against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo at the progressive Working Families Party convention, which traditionally cross-endorses the Democratic Party candidate.[4][5]

Teachout announced in an exclusive release, via new media outlet Buzzfeed, that she will be running for the Democratic nomination for governor.[6] Her running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu, is a professor known as the father of net neutrality.[citation needed]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Corruption in America (Harvard U. Press, Forthcoming 2014)
  • Mousepads, Shoe Leather and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics (Paradigm Press, 2007) (ed. with T. Streeter)


  • "The Anti-Corruption Principle" 94 Cornell Law Review 341 (2009)
  • "The Unenforceable Corrupt Contract Corruption and 19th Century Contract Law" NYU Review of Law and Social Change Vol. 35, p. 693, 2011


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