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 49: 2018 Election Fails, UAW Scandal, & Alyssa Milano Win!

    November 8th, 2018  |  6 mins 30 secs

    In this episode: Big left-wing influencers spend tens of millions pushing ballot measures that went down in defeat based on provisional returns, the United Auto Workers union hires non-union contractors to build their former president a lakefront cabin, and a liberal actress breaks with the Women’s March over its ties to bigoted, anti-semitic, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

  • Episode 48: Leftist Lobbyists Shake Down Chevron

    November 1st, 2018  |  8 mins 15 secs

    In this episode: A left-wing lobbyist loses his law license after trying to shake down Chevron over alleged environmental violations in Ecuador; the U.S. Supreme Court hears Frank v. Gaos, a case regarding the legitimacy of class action lawsuit settlements which direct the money not to the injured class of persons, but rather trial lawyers; and the Freedom Foundation, a free-market organization in the Pacific Northwest, claims credit for persuading 25,000 government employees principally in Oregon and Washington to stop paying dues or agency fees to government worker unions.

  • Episode 47: The Leftists Behind the Migrant Caravan

    October 26th, 2018  |  12 mins 56 secs
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    A 4000 person caravan of economic migrants is on its way to the US border. They have already broken through Mexico's border. Will they cross illegally into the United States? Hayden Ludwig & Jared Cummings discuss the challenges this movement poses and expose the shady pro-illegal immigration activists behind it.

  • Episode 46: Brock Staffer Assaults Republican

    October 18th, 2018  |  9 mins 50 secs

    A "tracker" for David Brock's left-wing American Bridge Super PAC was arrested after allegedly assaulting a Republican Party staffer, a new anti-dark money film gets its own funding from shady left-wing donors, and a former Bush administration staffer turned professional leftist tries to go after McDonald's.

  • Episode 45: What George Soros Is Up To Today

    October 11th, 2018  |  8 mins 57 secs

    George Soros's Open Society Foundations has appointed new leadership which includes a former Democratic congressman and a member of La Raza, the Soros funded "Win Justice PAC" is registering likely Democrats to vote in swing states, and the Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters is using union dues to try to get its Trump supporting members to vote blue.

  • Episode 44: Kavanaugh, 'Grievance Studies' Hoax, and the United Farm Workers

    October 4th, 2018  |  8 mins 44 secs

    A professional leftist harasses Jeff Flake in an elevator over Kavanaugh, three academics sneak absurd fake papers into a number of academic journals for 'grievance studies' (such as women's studies), and after a 5 year battle employees of Gerawan Farming have decertified the United Farm Workers as their union.

  • Episode 43: Big Labor, Antifa Attacks Cruz, and "Reproaction"

    September 27th, 2018  |  14 mins 32 secs

    Big Labor massively funds the Democrats in the midterms, an Antifa group harasses Senator Ted Cruz, and NEO Philanthropy's "Reproaction" asks users to sign a petition to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey demanding that the platform censor pro-life content.

  • Episode 42: Gosnell, Fight for $15, and "Shout Your Abortion"

    September 20th, 2018  |  9 mins 47 secs

    NPR disallows the pro-life film Gosnell from advertising on their station, The SEIU's Fight for $15 minimum wage campaign strikes against McDonald's as the SEIU tries to unionize the fast food chain, and NEO Philanthropy's crazy "shout your abortion" campaign (it's exactly what it sounds like) melts down.

  • Episode 41: ThinkProgress Goes Nuts

    September 14th, 2018  |  15 mins 19 secs

    Unions and left-wing “dark money” groups spend millions to rewrite Missouri’s labor laws, the national Planned Parenthood abortion advocacy organization names its new president, and Think Progress goes nuts after conservatives call it out for misleading headlines about Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Episode 40: The Death Penalty Debate

    September 6th, 2018  |  43 mins 23 secs

    Should the death penalty stick around, or is it time for it to go? And who are the groups fighting on each side of this issue?

  • Episode 39: Big Tech Censors Conservatives

    August 30th, 2018  |  48 mins 41 secs

    Google, Facebook, and twitter have been regularly criticized for censoring conservative speech, and now the President has entered the ring condemning the companies. What's going on here?

  • Episode 38: Free Speech on Campus

    August 23rd, 2018  |  44 mins 11 secs

    As students return to campus for the Fall semester, what fights can we expect in this campus culture war this year? And how did free speech on campus get so marginalized to begin with?

  • Episode 37: Eric Holder's Gerrymander

    August 16th, 2018  |  45 mins 22 secs

    Eric Holder and his National Democratic Redistricting Committee are planing to use the next census to gerrymander in the Democrats' favor, potentially changing the future of American politics. Hayden Ludwig fills in for Scott Walter.

  • Episode 36: P.E.T.A.

    August 9th, 2018  |  36 mins 42 secs

    P.E.T.A., People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is one of the most extremist left-wing groups you can find. Don't know why? Get ready to hear some crazy stories.

  • Episode 35: Leftist Campus Control (w/ guest Bryan Bernys!)

    August 2nd, 2018  |  37 mins 26 secs

    Today we're joined by Bryan Bernys of the Leadership Institute to discuss one of the ways the Left keeps control of college campuses; mandatory student fees used to fund left-wing groups.

  • Episode 34: Who Spends More? Left or Right? (w/ guest Michael Hartmann!)

    July 26th, 2018  |  37 mins 9 secs

    Despite repeated media claims to the contrary, it's a myth that the right spends more on politics than the left. We've done the research to prove it. Today we're joined by Michael Hartmann of the Capital Research Center to review the results of our studies.