Influence Watch Podcast
About the Show
The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news, sourced primarily from our website InfluenceWatch.org, the Capital Research Center's online encyclopedia of the donors, non-profits, and influencers driving politics.
You can watch the video version of the podcast at: http://bit.ly/2rnQygY
Episode 11: The Brocktopus
February 15th, 2018
43 mins 30 secs
anita hill, conservative, david brock, democratic politics, hillary clinton, media matters for america, politics, shareblue
Heard of political operative David Brock? If you haven't, you've definitely seen his intricate political machinations.
Episode 10: De Blasio’s New York
February 8th, 2018
39 mins 23 secs
berlinrosen, bill de blasio, campaign, corruption, democrat, democratic party, fight for $15, mayor, money, new york, new york city, nyc, politics, progressive agenda committee, seiu, seiu 1199, service employees international union, special interests, working families party
Who is Mayor Bill de Blasio? Who wanted him in office and why? And why ought we be concerned about him and his potential run for president?
Episode 9: Koch vs. Soros
February 1st, 2018
56 mins 14 secs
americans for prosperity, billionaire, cato, charity, charles koch, conservative, corruption, david koch, democracy alliance, donor, foundation, foundation to promote open society, george soros, influence, koch brothers, koch industries, koch seminar network, libertarian, mercatus center, money, money in politics, open society, open society foundations, philanthropy, policy center, politics, reason foundation, special interest, super pac
Who impacts our politics more, the Koch Brothers or George Soros? And to what end? We detail their political empires.
Episode 8: The Opioid Crisis
January 25th, 2018
43 mins 46 secs
addiction, conservative, crisis, drugs, fentanyl, heroin, libertarian, opiates, opioids, painkillers, politics, prescription, public health, rural america, trump
We discuss the opioid crisis, the influencers who contributed to it and those trying to stop it, and the battle over the President's Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.
Episode 7: Behind the Immigration Battle Lines
January 18th, 2018
45 mins 46 secs
center for immigration studies, conservative, daca, deferred action for childhood arrivals, fwd.us, government, government shutdown, illegal immigration, immigration, libertarian, migration policy institute, policy, politics, president, racism, shithole, trump, trump administration, undocumented
We discuss DACA, the president's "vulgar" comments, and the influencers on both sides of the immigration debate.
Episode 6: Government Shutdown?!
January 11th, 2018
41 mins 2 secs
big government, budget, conservative, debt, deficit, federal, government, libertarian, money, politics, shutdown, special interests, spending
Negotiations over the federal budget have started in Washington, leading to the possibility of a government shutdown if no deal is reached. What does this mean, and who are the special interests looking to protect their funding in the budget?
Episode 5: Uprising in Iran
January 4th, 2018
37 mins 26 secs
analysis, conservative, deal, foreign policy, iran, nuclear, obama, ploughshares fund, politics, protests
Protests for reform have broken out in Iran, with the theocratic state cracking down leaving 21 people dead. How did we get to this point, and what does it tell us about President Obama's nuclear deal with the regime?
Episode 4: Year in Review
December 28th, 2017 | 40 mins 27 secs
For our final show of the year, Scott and Mike take us through the biggest stories of 2017 to tell us about why they matter and the influencers behind them.
Episode 3: The Battle Over Net Neutrality
December 21st, 2017
34 mins 58 secs
conservative, fcc, free market, internet, net neutrality, politics, regulations
The FCC votes to remove Obama-era Net Neutrality regulations. Will this really hurt the internet and raise your prices? Who wanted Net Neutrality and why?
Episode 2: Judges! Judges! Judges!
December 14th, 2017
46 mins 45 secs
appointments, conservative, courts, judiciary, nominees, politics, president trump, senate
Who gets to control the courts for the next forty years? The administration fights against left-wing organizations to get their judges confirmed.