I'm Zephyr Teachout, and IAmA candidate for New York State Attorney General. AMA!
Hi I’m Zephyr Teachout, and I’m running for New York State Attorney General. I’m an anti-corruption activist and law professor whose book, Corruption In America, was cited in the dissent opinion in the Supreme Court case Citizens United.
As Attorney General, I’ll clean house on Albany corruption, lead the legal resistance against Trump’s assault on the law, battle financial fraud, and spearhead the moral argument against mass incarceration. AMA!
Corruption is at the root of so many problems we face: underfunded schools, overpriced rents, high debt, income inequality, unaffordable health care, abuse of workers, environmental devastation. I’ve been an independent voice calling out the corruption in Albany, speaking and writing about the trials of Sheldon Silver, Joseph Percoco, and Dean Skelos.
And Trump’s Presidency poses an existential threat to our democracy. We’ve got to fight it with every legal tool we have, including going after his business empire. Three days after Donald Trump took office, I was on the team of lawyers that filed Citizens for Responsibility in Ethics in Washington v. Trump (CREW) against Trump because of his violations of the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution.
We’re running a truly grassroots effort, and to win, we need to turn out our supporters across the state. We’re running our campaign on volunteer energy and small-dollar donations -- we’re taking no corporate PAC or LLC money. You can contribute to the campaign by clicking here, and sign up to volunteer here.
Leave your questions here, and I’ll be back at 1:30 PM Eastern to start answering them. See you then!
EDIT: THANK you all!!! I have to run--thanks for the great questions and ideas and I'm sorry I couldn't answer them all!!