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Morton Mintz

Morton Mintz covered the Supreme Court for The Washington Post from 1964 to 1965 and again from 1977 to 1980. He is a former chair of the Fund for
Investigative Journalism.

  • June 19, 2007

    Will McCain-Feingold Survive Another Court Test?

    By a vote of 5 to 4, in December 2003, the Supreme Court upheld a major provision of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance act that prohibits corporations (and labor unions) from paying for ads that mention the name of a federal candidate, and that are broadcast 60 days before an election or 30 days before a primary.

    That narrow ruling is now under challenge and could be overturned in the next few weeks, thanks to President Bush's appointments of John G. Roberts Jr. as Chief Justice and Samuel A. Alito Jr. as an Associate Justice.

    The case involves Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., which campaigned to prevent the re-election of Senator Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), by taking large sums of money from corporations to buy phony "issue" ads on radio and television. The ads attacked Feingold and Herb Kohl, the other Wisconsin Democrat in the Senate, for blocking Bush judicial nominees. Under the 2003 decision, such bogus ads were the "functional equivalent" of campaign ads and thus banned by the McCain-Feingold provision.

    Morton Mintz

  • Corporations January 28, 2007

    Will Congress Reform Wretched Executive Excess?

    Outrage over excessive rewards for incompetent executives could spark the Democratic Congress to action.

    Morton Mintz

  • Corporations May 31, 2006

    Road to Perdition

    A nearly forgotten criminal conspiracy by GM, Firestone and Chevron shut down the nation's municipal railways, replacing them with gas-guzzling bus lines, paving the way for global warming and for our energy crisis.

    Morton Mintz

  • Law November 1, 2005

    Serious Questions for Samuel A. Alito Jr.

    Questions for Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr.: What are the rights of an individual before the law? Are these rights any different from what Alito views as the rights of a corporation?

    Morton Mintz

  • Law October 11, 2005

    Ten Questions for Harriet Miers

    Corporate power and money control our lives and our politics as never before. As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for Harriet Miers's nomination hearings, here are ten legal questions worth pondering about corporations, individuals and the law.

    Morton Mintz

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  • Healthcare Policy October 28, 2004

    The View From Vermont

    Dr. Deborah Richter has advocated state-sponsored health insurance for every Vermonter, at nearly fifty Rotary Clubs plus chambers of commerce and boardrooms.

    Morton Mintz

  • Election 2004 October 28, 2004

    Single-Payer: Good for Business

    But corporate America isn't buying.

    Morton Mintz