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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.