People want politicians who fight for them. And they don’t want politicians who are fighting for big money.

Fordham University law professor and recent gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout chose to highlight political corruption in her long-shot primary to upset current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Teachout focused on the dubious timing of the disbandment of Gov. Cuomo’s hand-picked Moreland anti-corruption commission, which came as they began investigating a group with ties to his campaign.

While it wasn’t enough to overcome the enormous 50-1 spending gap between the two candidates, the primary loss has opened new doors for Teachout who is using her bolstered profile to bring the conversation on corruption into the mainstream. Last week she joined Jon Stewart for a fantastic segment on her book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, and possible avenues for meaningful reform.  

Watch the full interview here


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