- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ALBANY — Fordham Law School professor, author and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary candidate Zephyr Teachout will serve as the CEO of Mayday PAC, which describes itself as the “Super PAC to end all Super PACs and the corruption of private money.”

“Getting ready for 2016!,” Teachout announced on Twitter on Monday.

The PAC, created in 2014 by Harvard professor and progressive gadfly Lawrence Lessig, supports incumbents and challengers who advocate for any one of five pieces of legislation that would create public financing systems for elections.

Almost every Mayday-backed candidate lost in the 2014 cycle, which prompted a recalibration of its strategy.

Although she was soundly defeated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in her primary bid, Teachout outperformed expectations after she was refused the endorsement of the Working Families Party.

Teachout earned roughly a third of the Democratic vote, and won large chunks of upstate with her message of reform and transparency.

She will also serve as chairwoman of the Mayday board, but will keep her Fordham job. (Teachout noted when her campaign ended that her immediate plans involved securing tenure.)

She said in a Facebook post that Mayday would hire an executive director.

In the same post, she said her “personal goal is to connect race and concentrated power to how candidates raise money.”

“Basically, if the color of campaign money is overwhelmingly white — which it is — we should see how that connects to political silence on serious race issues,” Teachout wrote. “And if the funnel of money comes from concentrated industries — which it does — we should see how that connects to political acquiescence in our new monopoly politics.”


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