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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 SandersSanders has right goal, wrong target in fight to help low-wage workers Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack 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 TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident 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 WarrenYellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill Hillicon Valley: Google lifting ban on political ads | DHS taking steps on cybersecurity | Controversy over TV 'misinformation rumor mills' MORE (D-Mass.).

Three members of "the squad" — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez criticizes opening of migrant facility for children under Biden Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' Ocasio-Cortez targets Manchin over Haaland confirmation MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' To address global fragility, we must start locally Omar calls for released Saudi women's rights activist to be allowed to leave country MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibJamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens Trump's second impeachment trial MORE (Mich.) — backed Sanders earlier this year. Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEconomist makes the case for federal jobs guarantee Clintons, Tyler Perry among mourners at Cicely Tyson memorial Democrats warn of 'whataboutism' ahead of Trump defense 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 BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears MORE leads the crowded field of White House hopefuls.