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

1976
Political partyIndependent
ResidenceBrooklyn
Alma materMcGill University
OccupationAttorney

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 represented 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 Velázquez 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%

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "An Ideal(ist) House Candidate from NYC". The Armenian Mirror Spectator. February 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "Cooley Law gets served some of its own medicine". The ABA Journal. August 2011.
  3. ^ "New York Law School sued by students over claims about graduates success". Bloomberg. August 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Kurzon LLP sues Cooley Law school for defamation". The ABA Journal. July 2012.
  5. ^ "Huffington Post bloggers suit against AOL". Bloomberg. March 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "7th-district Congressional candidate refuses PAC, lobby money". DNAinfo. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-05-20.
  7. ^ "David finds a new Goliath". New York Press. February 27, 2013. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014.
  8. ^ VoterBook NYC Group
  9. ^ "Attorney announces campaign against Nydia Velázquez". The Observer. February 2013. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  10. ^ "Three challenge Velazquez". The Times Ledger. May 1, 2014.
  11. ^ "Attorney Jeffrey Kurzon announces his candidacy for Congress in downtown district". New York Press. March 3, 2013. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014.
  12. ^ "Nydia Velázquez unfazed by potential challengers". The Observer. March 2014.
  13. ^ "NY Congressional Candidate Jeff Kurzon". BetaBeat. 4 June 2014.
  14. ^ Mary Frost, Velazquez clobbers Kurzon in Democratic primary for 7th CD, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (June 25, 2014).
  15. ^ a b Representative in Congress: Election Returns June 24, 2014, New York State Board of Elections.
  16. ^ Representative in Congress: Election Returns June 28, 2016, New York State Board of Elections.