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 89: Leftist ThinkProgress Shuts Down

    September 12th, 2019  |  6 mins 18 secs
    big labor, conservative, constitution, corporate, freedom foundation, libertarian, progressives, rights, seiu, think progress, thinkprogress

    We say good riddance to the liberal blog ThinkProgress after its corporate parent shuttered it, the Freedom Foundation forces the SEIU to respect a worker’s legal and constitutional rights, and “progressives” take aim at technological progress to boost Big Labor.

  • Episode 88: San Francisco Says the NRA are Terrorists

    September 5th, 2019  |  7 mins 55 secs
    anti-semitic, bloomberg, constitutional norms, dark money, department of labor, leaked emails, left, media, nationalism, nra, proteus fund, right, san francisco, smears, white nationalists

    Bloomberg News smears a Department of Labor official, San Francisco incinerates constitutional norms to attack the National Rifle Association, and we expose another left-wing “dark money” clearinghouse, the Proteus Fund.

  • Episode 87: In Memory of David H. Koch

    August 30th, 2019  |  6 mins 12 secs
    aclu, barry goldwater, conservative, corruption, dave beck, david koch, detroit news, dinosaurs, editor’s note, feds, fiat chrysler, investigation, j.d. vance, jean harditsy, jimmy hoffa, kickback, koch, koch bros, koch brothers, leftist, libertarian, marissa brostoff, mit, nancy adams johnson, national lawyers guild, nationwide, philanthropist, philanthropy, political research associates, pro-abortion-rights, radical, raids, reason, teamsters, uaw, union, unkoch my campus, washington post, watchdog, white supremacist

    The Feds expand their investigation of the United Auto Workers with a nationwide series of raids, the Washington Post lets a radical leftist smear a conservative writer, and we remember philanthropist and libertarian idealist David H. Koch.

  • Episode 86: Planned Parenthood Loses $60 Million

    August 22nd, 2019  |  5 mins 52 secs
    2020, agenda, conservative, diplomatic, europe, family planning, hitler, labor, left, liberal, pact, planned parenthood, radical, right, stalin, tittle x, union, ww2, wwii

    Big Labor outlines its radical agenda for 2020 and beyond, Planned Parenthood gives up some of its federal funding, and we mark the 80th anniversary of a diplomatic crime, the Hitler-Stalin Pact that paved the way for World War II in Europe.

  • Episode 85: Another Charged in Union Corruption

    August 15th, 2019  |  7 mins 21 secs
    american bar association, bar, criminal, donor privacy, feds, joaquin castro, privacy, rights, scandal, uaw, united auto workers

    The American Bar Association refuses to endorse overturning centuries of criminal due process precedents for now, the Feds get a break in the United Auto Workers’ spiraling corruption scandal, and Rep. Joaquin Castro demonstrates why donor privacy is important.

  • Episode 84: AOC's Chief-of-Staff Forced Out!

    August 8th, 2019  |  5 mins 46 secs

    The Congressional far-left reshuffles its staff, Wikipedia is called out for whitewashing the history of the Communist Party USA, and more union officials face the music for scandals in the national United Auto Workers and the Chicago Teamsters Union.

  • Episode 83: Sanders Forced to Pay $15 Minimum Wage

    August 1st, 2019  |  6 mins 39 secs
    activists, bernie sanders, chicago, federal prison, labor, maduro, prison, propaganda, radical, socialist, teamsters, union, venezuela

    Corruption sends a Chicago Teamsters boss to federal prison, radical Chicago union activists go on a propaganda tour of socialist Venezuela, and Senator Bernie Sanders discovers the perils of his preferred labor policies.

  • Episode 82: Democrats Scratch Big Labor’s Back

    July 30th, 2019  |  7 mins 12 secs
    big labor, conservative, controversial, democrats, environmentalist, lena wen, ousted, planned parenthood, progressive, seiu, union

    Congressional Democrats return a favor for the support of the Service Employees International Union, we take a deep look at a controversial environmentalist funder, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America ousts its leader.

  • Episode 81: Justice Ginsburg Rejects Court Packing

    July 25th, 2019  |  6 mins 18 secs
    anti-israel, bds, capitol, congress, court packing, dark money, demand justice, environmentalist, extremist, glue, israel, justice, liberal, rbg, ruth bader ginsburg, supreme court

    Members of an extremist environmentalist faction glue themselves to basement doors in the Capitol complex, Congress slaps down the anti-Israel “boycott divestment and sanctions” campaign, and the liberal hero of the Supreme Court swats down the policy proposals of a liberal “dark money” advocacy group.

  • Episode 80: The Left’s “Dark Money” Coordinator

    July 12th, 2019  |  11 mins 17 secs
    bagman, dark money, donors, funding, influence, left, left-wing, liberal, major institutions, money, philanthropy, public policy, research

    In this Episode: Joining the show this week is Capital Research Center Investigative Researcher Hayden Ludwig, who spends his time studying the liberal networks funneling money from major institutions and big donors into left-wing politics and policy. This week he released a new piece at with a deep-dive into NEO Philanthropy, a liberal “pass through” funding group.

  • Episode 79: Anarchists Attack in Portland

    July 3rd, 2019  |  8 mins 10 secs
    andy ngo, anonymous speech, anti-fascist, antifa, attack, beating, black bloc, census, citizenship, citizenship question, court, debate, free speech, journalist, new jersey, portland, protest, violence

    Black bloc anarchists attack a journalist in Portland, the Census citizenship question debate gets confused, and advocacy groups left, right, and center take on a Constitutionally dubious New Jersey law targeting anonymous speech.

  • Episode 78: Gerrymandering Myth Debunked

    June 27th, 2019  |  17 mins 44 secs
    appointments, congress, congressional maps, democrat, districts, gerrymandering, myth, nonjusticiable, partisan, political, proportional representation, representatives, republican, state, supreme court

    Today, the Supreme Court decided a pair of cases concerning “partisan gerrymandering,” holding that Congressional redistricting is an inherently political process and therefore a “nonjusticiable political question”—meaning (mostly liberal) challengers to (for now, mostly Republican-drawn) congressional maps will not be able to claim they are “too partisan” (whatever that means) in federal court.

  • Episode 77: Autoworkers Reject Union

    June 21st, 2019  |  7 mins 23 secs
    administration, conservative, constitution, cross, environmentalists, establishment, left, liberal, libertarian, obama, religion, supreme court, tennessee, uaw, volkswagen, ww1

    Workers #resist the United Auto Workers in Tennessee, environmentalists lament changes to an aggressive Obama administration rule, and the Supreme Court affirms that a World War One memorial cross does not constitute an “establishment of religion.”

  • Episode 76: The Left's Push for Court Packing

    June 13th, 2019  |  6 mins 18 secs

    In this episode: the activist arm of the judicial left prepares an all-out attack on a core American political norm, a left-wing billionaire pledges $500 million to support environmentalist campaigns against coal and natural gas, and the trade war heats up with possible Chinese retaliation in products over which they have a near-monopoly.

  • Episode 75: Eugenics: American Philanthropy’s Greatest Achievement?

    June 6th, 2019  |  9 mins 42 secs
    activist, alaska, conservative, d.c., environmental, eugenics, left, lobbyist, natural resources, philanthropy, population control, right

    D.C. lobbyist-funded environmental activists denounce the influence of D.C. lobbyists on natural resources policy in Alaska, a left-wing outlet acknowledges the abuses of Big Progressive Philanthropy’s Population Control crusade of the mid-to-late 20th Century, and the highlights from a debate on the past and future of the two-billion-plus-dollar world of right-of-center advocacy philanthropy.

  • Episode 74: Union Sexual Harassment Hypocrisy

    May 23rd, 2019  |  8 mins 31 secs
    board member, cap, center for american progress, conservative, conspiracy, election, establishment, georgia, gubernational, liberal, lobby, mcdonalds, metoo, seiu, sexual harassment, thinktank, union

    The SEIU and its allies hit McDonald’s for sexual harassment while one of SEIU’s most powerful local unions looks set to promote an officer accused of sexual harassment, a board member of the establishment liberal think tank Center for American Progress continues to promote conspiracy theories about the 2018 midterm elections, and the Washington Post is shocked, shocked to find a conservative activist conducting conservative advocacy.