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 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.

  • Episode 73: Major Union Embraces Communism

    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.

  • Episode 72: Chicago’s Crazy Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws

    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.

  • Episode 71: An Ideological Battle of Words

    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.

  • Episode 70: Massive Dark Money Network Exposed

    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.

  • Episode 69: The Left-Wing Game Plan Before 2020

    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.

  • Episode 68: Unions and Progressives Outspend and Still Lose

    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.

  • Episode 67: Who Wants to Ditch the Electoral College?

    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.

  • Episode 66: Southern Poverty Law Center Splits With Founder

    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.