InfluenceWatch Podcast

The podcast where we go beneath the surface to reveal the web of connected influence, money, and motivation driving the news.

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, the Capital Research Center's online encyclopedia of the donors, non-profits, and influencers driving politics.

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  • Episode 25: Planned Parenthood's Sins

    May 24th, 2018  |  44 mins 28 secs
    abortion, donald trump, federal funding, margaret sanger, planned parenthood, president trump, pro choice, pro life, pro-choice, pro-life, title ten, title x, trump administration

    Last week, the Trump administration announced it would cut off some federal funding to Planned Parenthood. This has triggered the Left to respond with outrage. We go over the history of Planned Parenthood and their funding.

  • Episode 24: Local Union Scams

    May 17th, 2018  |  42 mins 18 secs
    afl-cio, amazon, big labor, business, card check, city officials, cronyism, government, head tax, independent contractor, influence watch, jobs, labor council, labor unions, left-wing, neutrality agreements, progress alliance of washington, real change, seattle, seiu, seiu 775nw, special interests, taxes, transit riders union, union loophole, unions

    Local unions regularly manipulate their cronies in government to enact unfair policies for their own benefit. We detail such union scams across the country, with a special focus on a local union supported “head tax” preventing Amazon from expanding in Seattle.

  • Episode 23: Kochs on Campus

    May 10th, 2018  |  38 mins 19 secs
    academia, aft, american federation of teachers, billionaires, campus, campus politics, center for media and democracy, charles koch, charles koch foundation, ckf, cmd, college, dark money, david koch, greenpeace, influence, koch, koch brothers, koch industries, libertarian, money in politics, university, unkoch, unkoch my campus

    Left-wing UnKoch My Campus activists are dedicated to having universities reject the Koch Brothers' academic donations. But UnKoch has made numerous untrue accusations, has ties to George Soros' network, and is funded by its own special interest donors.

  • Episode 22: Sexual Harassment at the Left's PR Firm

    May 3rd, 2018  |  41 mins 51 secs
    afl-cio, benton strong, buzzfeed, cap, cap action, center for american progress, center for american progress action fund, clinton, democrat, democratic party, don sosnik, employer mandate, george soros, harold ickes, hillary clinton, john podesta, neera tanden, podesta group, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, terry mcauliffe, thinkprogress, tom daschle, tony podesta, walmart

    We detail the sexual harassment scandal at the Left's most powerful think tank, the Center for American Progress, and the many other scandals in the group's history.

  • Episode 21: New York's Left in Disarray

    April 26th, 2018  |  39 mins 20 secs
    acorn, afl-cio, andrew cuomo, ballot line, bill de blasio, communications workers of america, cynthia nixon, democrat, democratic party, labor unions, local 1, local 32bj, make the road new york, movement for black lives, new york, new york communities for change, new york state, retail wholesale department store union, seiu, united federation of teachers, working families organization, working families party

    New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo got a shock when the left-wing Working Families Party, important in his previous election, instead endorsed his primary opponent actress Cynthia Nixon. This race is representative of the splits riling the modern Left.

  • Episode 20: The Left Comes For Your Cars

    April 19th, 2018  |  41 mins 14 secs
    al iacobelli, alliance of automobile manufacturers, automobiles, cafe, car, car buyers, carmakers, cars, chrysler, detroit, environmental protection agency, environmentalists, eta, fiat chrysler, ford, fuel economy, fuel mileage, general motors, gm, honda, labor unions, manufacturer, nafta, natural resources defense council, sierra club, suv, uaw, union of concerned scientists, united auto workers

    Environmentalists, labor unions, and other activists are working together to make driving your car more expensive. And the corrupt United Auto Workers sells out their workers in exchange for bribes from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives.

  • Episode 19: Leftist Attacks & How to Win (with guest Bill Meierling!)

    April 12th, 2018  |  42 mins 54 secs
    alec, american legislative exchange council, center for media and democracy, chick-fil-a, cmd, color of change, common cause, conservative, conservative censorship, democracy alliance, discrimination against conservatives, human rights campaign, kevin williamson, libertarian, media matters for america, mmfa, national review, the atlantic, ultraviolet

    Special guest Bill Meierling of the American Legislative Exchange Council, which has suffered intense and coordinated left-wing attacks, helps us run down the tactics the left uses to marginalize their opponents and how to fight back in light of the recent firing of Kevin D. Williamson from The Atlantic.

  • Episode 18: Teachers Unions & Power Over Taxpayers

    April 5th, 2018  |  48 mins 28 secs
    aft, american federation of teachers, democracy alliance, labor, national education association, nea, oklahoma, public finances, strike, taxpayers, teacher unions, teachers, unions, west virginia

    Teachers unions strike for higher pay in Oklahoma and West Virginia, with more states yet to come. What does this mean for YOUR tax dollars, as well as for parents and children?

  • Episode 17: Amy Wax & Affirmative Action

    March 29th, 2018  |  52 mins 37 secs
    affirmative action, amy wax, ford foundation, mismatch, university of pennsylvania

    In yet another leftist blow up on college campuses, radical students and faculty are attacking University of Pennsylvania professor Amy Wax for opposing affirmative action.

  • Episode 16: Cambridge Analytica

    March 22nd, 2018  |  56 mins 22 secs
    analytics, bannon, cambridge analytica, catalist, consultancy, data, facebook, mercer, politics, scandal, social media, trump, zuckerberg

    Trump-connected political consultancy and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica has single handedly dropped Facebook's stock value over 10%. Why? A major scandal involving user data accompanied by hints of dark political manipulations. We tell you the truth about the scandal.

  • Episode 15: #GunControlNow vs. #2A

    March 15th, 2018  |  47 mins 40 secs
    2nd amendment, americans for responsible solutions, ar-15, assault rifles, assault weapons, constitution, everytown, florida, gun control, gun owners of america, gun restriction, handguns, march for our lives, marjory stoneman douglas high school, michael bloomberg, moveon, national association for gun rights, national rifle association, nra, parkland, second amendment, second amendment foundation, semi-automatic

    In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, gun control advocates have become filled with hope this could be their moment. Who are they, who is funding them, and who is fighting them to defend the 2nd Amendment?

  • Episode 14: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions

    March 8th, 2018  |  50 mins 29 secs
    aipac, bds, boycott, conservative, divestment, israel, j-street, jewish voices for peace, palestine, peace, sanctions, students for justice in palestine, united nations

    The movement for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is a mainstay on college campuses - for some due to the Jewish state's policies and for others due to its very existence. How did it get this way, and who are the players on both sides?

  • Episode 13: Janus v. AFSCME (with guest Mark Mix!)

    March 1st, 2018  |  44 mins 26 secs
    afscme, conservative, constitution, first amendment, free speech, labor unions, legal, libertarian, mark janus, mark mix, national right to work, politics, right to work, supreme court, union dues, unions

    Special guest Mark Mix (National Right To Work) discusses the vital Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME and his organization's role in it.

  • Episode 12: Stump the Experts! Live at CPAC

    February 22nd, 2018  |  54 mins 14 secs
    american bridge 21st century, capital research center, conservative political action conference, cpac, david brock, dr. steven j. allen, matthew vadum, steve allen

    We're at CPAC 2018! Today, we hosted a panel where we invited listeners to ask us their questions about influential organizations and try to stump us. We even got a question from a David Brock employee...

  • 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?