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
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.
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 capitalresearch.org with a deep-dive into NEO Philanthropy, a liberal “pass through” funding group.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
May 16th, 2019 | 9 mins 46 secs
administration, afl-cio, big labor, boycott, capitulated, communism, conviction, defense attorney, democrats, harvard, labor law, law, liberal, marxists, privileges, reforms, repeal and replace, republicans, right to work, right-to-work, sex abuse, strike, strikes, student, taft-hartley, truman, union, uprising, veto, weinstein, winter of discontent
The AFL-CIO breaks with its history and speaks in support of Marxists, Democrats push to expand union privileges for forced dues and expanded mass strikes, and Harvard ousts a criminal defense attorney from a deanship for working as a criminal defense attorney.
May 2nd, 2019 | 9 mins 36 secs
chicago, civil asset, conservative, democratic, forfeiture, laws. socialist, left, libertarian, maduro, nicolas maduro, opposition, politicians, property rights, right, supreme court, taxes, venezuela
Clashes break out between the socialist regime of Nicolas Maduro and supporters of Venezuela’s democratic opposition, a controversial Chicago program is challenged in court for violating property rights, and politicians propose a plan to hike taxes to pay off their consultants.
April 25th, 2019 | 7 mins 23 secs
bankrupt, battle, census, citizenship, citizenship question, crisis, entitlements, framing, funding, ideological, medicaid, medicare, phrasing, political, supreme court, wording
The entitlements crisis deepens, the Supreme Court hears arguments on adding a question on citizenship status to the U.S. Census, and ideological sides battle over what to call their issues.
April 18th, 2019 | 8 mins 41 secs
advocacy, arabella, arabella advisors, astroturf, conservative, dark money, dc, exposed, fake, grassroots, judicial nominations, kavanaugh, left, massive, network, obamacare, report, special report
We have a very special episode this week, as we go in depth into a report released in Washington this week. Today’s guest is Capital Research Center Investigative Researcher Hayden Ludwig who wrote “Big Money in Dark Shadow,” a deep dive into the dark money network surrounding the Liberal philanthropic consultancy Arabella Advisers.
April 11th, 2019 | 9 mins 36 secs
2020, ceo, corruption, election, funnel, general election, left-wing, liberal, pew, pew charitable trusts, progressive, scandal, tennessee, union
A liberal donor collective outlines its plans to funnel hundreds of millions into building left-wing infrastructure in advance of the 2020 general election; Rebecca Rimel, CEO of the major progressive foundation the Pew Charitable Trusts, steps down; and a union mired in a national corruption scandal takes aim at Tennessee, again.
April 4th, 2019 | 7 mins 37 secs
advocacy, bloomingdales, choke, conservative, controversial, dues, judicial race, major, managed, outspend, progressive, progressives, racecar, swampland, trade package, unions, wisconsin
Unions and progressives outspend conservatives in a Wisconsin judicial race only to choke it away, one Swampland operative has two advocacy groups with differing views on a major managed trade package, and we look at some of the more amusing and more controversial uses that unions found for their members’ dues money in 2018.
March 28th, 2019 | 8 mins 46 secs
afscme, bill, billionaire, democrats, electoral college, electors, fake news, false, far-left, first lady, forced dues, hate groups, irpe, janus, jussie smollett, justice alito, major backers, michelle obama, moris dees, official time, omnishambles, oregon house, popular vote, release time, right to work, right-of-center, right-wing, soros foundation, southern poverty law center, splc, state-level, teachers union, trump, trump supporter, union, union organizer, washington state, watchdog
More wheels fall off at the SPLC, we tell the story of the money behind the effort to ditch the Electoral College, and the ramifications of the Janus decision securing government workers’ rights not to support unions they oppose continue to be determined.
March 21st, 2019 | 9 mins 27 secs
2000, 2016, aclu, al gore, america, articles of confederation, ballots, bank, campaign, defund, democrat, election, electoral college, federal, first amendment, framers, george w. bush, hr 1, hr-1, legislation, liberal, liberals, majority, political, political speech, republican, southern poverty law center, splc, states, unconstitutional, voting
The far-left’s self-appointed arbiter of “hate groups” ousts its longtime leader, the SEIU’s bank launches a campaign to de-fund the social-conservative right, and Democrats and their allies take aim at the delicate balance of power between America’s federal states and the national electorate.