Zephyr Rain Teachout was born and raised on a farm in Vermont. She attended Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. She went on to receive two simultaneous degrees from Duke University in 1999: a JD summa cum laude and a Master of Arts in political science. After attaining her law degree, Teachout clerked for Chief Judge Edward Roy Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Teachout is an antitrust and media expert who served as the Director of Internet Organizing for the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign. She cofounded A New Way Forward, an organization built to break up the power of big banks, and was involved with Occupy Wall Street. Teachout was also the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation.
2014 New York gubernatorial campaign
Zephyr Teachout and running mate Tim Wu faced off against incumbent Andrew Cuomo and comedian Randy Credico in the Democratic primary election on September 9, 2014.
During the Working Families Party convention to nominate a gubernatorial candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial election, Teachout lost a nomination bid against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo's margin of victory was much closer than expected, especially since the Working Families Party traditionally cross-endorses the Democratic Party candidate
After losing the Working Families Party nomination to Cuomo, she announced that she would be running for the Democratic nomination for governor. Her running mate, Lieutenant Governor candidate Tim Wu, is a Columbia University law professor who coined the phrase "net neutrality". Their campaign raised $600,000 US, a small amount for New York state politics. As of 4 days before the primary election polls showed their likely voter share at 26%, in line with the predictions of political professionals. She and Wu lost to Cuomo and his running mate, former U.S. Representative Kathy Hochul in the primary on September 9, 2014, but surprised experts and pollsters by capturing 34% of the vote, with an especially strong showing north of New York City.
Teachout is also an actress, and has acted at the Unadilla Theatre in East Calais, Vermont, for several summers over the last 20 years, beginning with roles in two Shakespeare plays, as Katherine in Love's Labour's Lost in 1994, and as Imogen in Cymbeline in 1995, both under the direction of Tom Blachly. Her most recent role was as Winnie in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days in 2012, under the direction of Bill Blachly.
- Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United (Harvard University Press, forthcoming September 2014)
- Mousepads, Shoe Leather and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics (Paradigm Publishers, 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, 35 NYU Review of Law and Social Change 693 (2011).
- "Cuomo Opponent Unbowed by Underdog Status " The New York Times, 25 August 2014, on page A15.
- Duke Magazine "Zephyr Rain Teachout, Accidental Internet Guru"
- "Zephyr Teachout bio". Fordham University School of Law. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
- "A New Way Forward - Restore the Economy in the Public's Interest". anewwayforward.org. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- Cuomo caves to get Working Families Party nod
- "Zephyr Teachout splits the W.F.P., and maybe Cuomo's base | Capital New York". capitalnewyork.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- Jacob Fischler. "Exclusive: Progressive Ticket Will Challenge Andrew Cuomo And His Running Mate In New York Primary". buzzfeed.com. Retrieved 2014-06-14.
- NETWORK NEUTRALITY, BROADBAND DISCRIMINATION by Tim Wu
- "Tim Wu Elected Board Chair At Free Press". Columbia Law School. 14 April 2008.
- Bray, Hiawatha (21 December 2010). "FCC passes New Neutrality Rule". Boston Globe.
- "Cuomo Spent Nearly 40 Times More Than Teachout To Win Primary," DSWright, Firedoglake Blog, 10 Sept 2014
- Pro-Teachout poll puts Cuomo challenger at 26%, Steve Kornacki, MSNBC, 9 Sept 2014
- New York Times, Primary Results, 10 Sept 2014
- Zephyr Teachout's primary election loss has air of a victory party, Annie Karni, NYTimes, 10 Sept. 2014
- Teachout, Zephyr (September 8, 2014). Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674050402.
- Teachout, Zephyr; Streeter, Thomas (September 2007). Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons from the Howard Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics. Paradigm Press. ISBN 978-1-59451-484-5.
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