Progressive activist Zephyr Teachout endorses Bernie Sanders

Progressive activist Zephyr Teachout endorses Bernie Sanders
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Zephyr Teachout, a progressive activist and Fordham Law School professor, endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms MORE (I-Vt.) on Friday, saying he is committed to "getting billionaires and corporations out of the way of democracy."

"Bernie Sanders has built an extraordinary multi-class, multi-race movement grounded in community and compassion," Teachout said in a statement to The Hill. "He's showing us that together, we can beat back the corruption of billionaires, beat the reckless profiteering of corporations, and beat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE."

Teachout, who has run unsuccessfully for a House seat and to be New York's attorney general, supported Sanders in the 2016 presidential race as well.

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That same year, Sanders backed Teachout in her House bid. Two years later he endorsed her in the attorney general's race, which she eventually lost to Letitia James.

"Sanders is totally committed to changing the way we fund campaigns, getting billionaires and corporations out of the way of democracy," Teachout tweeted Friday.

HuffPost first reported Teachout's endorsement of Sanders.

Teachout is the latest progressive leader to throw her support behind Sanders over rival Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing Republican spin on Biden is off the mark MORE (D-Mass.).

Three members of "the squad" — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDozens of Democrats call for spending bill to pass 'climate test' House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibClimate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE (Mich.) — backed Sanders earlier this year. Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySix big off-year elections you might be missing Climate advocates turn sights on Wall Street House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting MORE (D-Mass.) is supporting Warren.

National polls consistently show Sanders in second place among Democratic presidential candidates, according to a RealClearPolitics average. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Dems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE leads the crowded field of White House hopefuls.