Ms. Teachout started by announcing that she had just gained tenure at Fordham. She finished her book, “Corruption in America“, and had just written a letter to the Supreme Court regarding the Citizens United decision.
She discussed how the Founding Fathers found corruption the biggest threat to democracy, although now over 50% of former congresspeople become lobbyists. This profession was a felony in many states for over a hundred years of our history. Zephyr Teachout also spoke of renewable energy, net neutrality, and a possible second book about effects of high-stakes testing for teachers. She also seemed optimistic about the choice of Carl Heastie to replace Sheldon Silver, and discussed the corrupting influence of money in politics and the fate of the Moreland Commission.
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