Jeff Kurzon

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Jeff Kurzon
Lawrence Lessig and Jeff Kurzon.jpg
Jeff Kurzon (left) and Lawrence Lessig at a march for campaign finance reform in Jan 2014
Personal details
Born Jeffrey Mead Kurzon
Political party Democrat
Residence Brooklyn
Alma mater McGill University
Occupation Attorney

Jeffrey Mead "Jeff" Kurzon (born 1976) is a New York City attorney and politician.

Education and early career[edit]

Jeff Kurzon graduated from McGill Law School in 2003, after studying abroad at the University of Aix-Marseille in France. He began his career as a lawyer at Sidley Austin, which he later left to create his own law firm.[1]

Public interest lawyering[edit]

Defense of indebted law students[edit]

Kurzon's firm represent law school graduates who sued in a class action their law schools, including New York Law School and Cooley Law School,[2] for misrepresenting their post-graduate employment statistics[3] to lure students to take on hundreds of thousands dollars in debt.[4]

Defense of unpaid Huffington Post bloggers[edit]

Jeff Kurzon was the lead attorney who filed a lawsuit representing a class of about 9,000 unpaid Huffington Post bloggers, claiming that the Huffington Post and its acquirer AOL unjustly made profits by using the unpaid writers' work.[5]

Political career[edit]

Kurzon became involved in New York City politics in 2007 [6] as one of the top fundraisers for Barack Obama, raising over $150,000 for the candidate[7] and organizing one of the earliest and largest grassroots groups in New York City in support of the candidate.[8]

2014 congressional election[edit]

In February 2013, Kurzon announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for New York's 7th congressional district against 22-year incumbent Nydia Velázquez.[9][10] Kurzon pledged to not accept any PAC or lobbyist money,[11] challenging Velázquez (who sits on the Financial Services Committee) to do the same.[12] After the Federal Election Commission issued guidance on Bitcoin, Kurzon announced he would be the first candidate in New York to accept bitcoin donations from individuals.[13]

In the June 24, 2014 primary, Kurzon lost to Velazquez by a large margin.[14][15]

Election results[edit]

Democratic primary election, New York's 7th congressional district, 2014[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Nydia M. Valezquez 7,627 80.95
Democratic Jeffrey M. Kurzon 1,796 19.05
Total valid votes 9,423 100%
Democratic primary election, New York's 7th congressional district, 2016[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Nydia M. Valezquez 10,162 62.1
Democratic Yungman Lee 4,479 27.3
Democratic Jeffrey M. Kurzon 1,796 10.6
Total valid votes 16,377 100%

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