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 98: History of Left-wing Movements

    November 14th, 2019  |  8 mins 12 secs
    communism, conservative, conservative movement, dictator, history, labor, mao, mythmaking, reform conservative, socialism, students for a democratic society, uaw, union, worker centers

    The story of the United Auto Workers’ presidential cabin allegedly built with non-union labor full circle, dig into the history of left-wing movements like Students for a Democratic Society, and debunk some “reform conservative” mythmaking about “worker centers” and other so-called “alt-labor” organizations.

  • Episode 97: Leftists Freak at Twitter Censorship?

    November 7th, 2019  |  7 mins 23 secs
    big labor, censorship, conservative, corporate pandering, corruption, left, political, progressivism, twitter, uaw, union, united auto workers

    In this episode, more developments in the United Auto Workers corruption scandal should illustrate cautions for conservatives courting Big Labor, Twitter announces a controversial proposal to restrict political advocacy on its service, and we dig into the world of professional corporate pandering to left-progressivism under the label “corporate social responsibility.”

  • Episode 96: Sexual Harassment Complaints Prompt Leave of Absence

    October 31st, 2019  |  6 mins 9 secs
    aba, american bar association, annie e. casey foundation, bar, casey foundation, conservative, federal worker union, lawyers, left, liberal, mike lee, progressive, right, senator, sexual harassment, union, union president, utah, workplace harassment

    In this episode, a federal worker union president takes a leave of absence after 10 people alleged he sexually harassed union employees, we look at the how the Annie E. Casey Foundation drifted toward the hard left, and Senator Mike Lee of Utah calls for treating the American Bar Association like a normal left-of-center interest group in the judicial nomination process.

  • Episode 95: George Soros' Big Money Lobbying

    October 24th, 2019  |  6 mins 35 secs
    business, chicago, chicago teachers union, conservative, federal government, general motors, gm, guilty, left, liberal, libertarian, lobbying, open society foundations, pac, philanthropy, right, scam pac, soros, uaw, union, united auto workers, welfare

    Chicago Teachers Union members extend their strike while UAW members continue striking as they vote on the proposed GM contract, the government secures a guilty plea from an operator of a deceptive “Scam PAC,” and the “social welfare” arm of George Soros’s advocacy-philanthropic network spends eye-popping amounts lobbying the federal government.

  • Episode 94: Activists Shut Down London’s Subway

    October 17th, 2019  |  8 mins 34 secs
    chicago, congress, conservative, ctu, demand justice, environmentalists, extinction rebellion, general motors, gm, influencers, justices, left, liberal, london, podcast, protest, radical, right, supreme court, teachers, teachers union, transit, uaw, underground, union

    Radical environmentalists think shutting down the London Underground is somehow a good idea, Demand Justice demonstrates that its idea of “justice” is just liberal politics, and we provide an update on major labor news, as UAW and GM reach a tentative deal, the Chicago Teachers Union strikes again, and the unions push for their wish list in Congress.

  • Episode 93: The NBA Does China’s Dirty Work

    October 10th, 2019  |  8 mins 32 secs
    aoc, conservative, corruption, democrat, democratic socialist, democratic socialists of america, dsa, exposed, hong kong, left, liberal, libertarian, national basketball association, nba, ocasio-cortez, planned parenthood, republican, senator, ted cruz, uaw, united auto workers

    Archconservative Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez both criticize the National Basketball Association for cracking down on statements of support for protestors in Hong Kong, Planned Parenthood announces a $45 million political effort for the 2020 elections, and the feds dig in to possible corruption in the United Auto Workers’ building a vacation cabin for its former president as former UAW communications officers call on the union’s executives to resign.

  • Episode 92: Senator Warren Proposes Infringement of Rights

    October 4th, 2019  |  6 mins 42 secs
    big labor, conservative, constitution, court of appeals, dc circuit court, elizabeth warren, fcc, grievances, infrastructure, left-wing, net-neutrality, obama, rights, unions

    Senator Elizabeth Warren proposes a substantial infringement on the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejects a challenge to the FCC’s rescission of an Obama-era rule classifying internet service providers as public utilities, and we hit the “highlights” of recent labor union filings that both show odd spending habits and illustrate the deep involvement of Big Labor in the institutional left-wing infrastructure.

  • Episode 91: Democrats Advance Union Power-Grab

    September 26th, 2019  |  7 mins 29 secs
    arizona, conservative, controversy, democrats, department of labor, house of representatives, labor, labor department, left, liberal, republicans, right, transparency legislation, union, union corruption, unionization, white house

    In this episode, we look away from the White House, and at the risk of taking a “censure and move on” approach examine three labor stories: Democrats advance the most radical expansion of union power since 1935 to the floor of the House of Representatives, controversy rocks a unionization campaign at the Arizona Republic newspaper, and the Labor Department marks 60 years of combating union corruption with a powerful piece of transparency legislation.

  • Episode 90: Environmentalists Promise Gridlock

    September 19th, 2019  |  5 mins 44 secs
    anti-semitism, block traffic, dc, environmentalists, extreme, general motors, gridlock, uaw, union, union corruption, women’s march

    Extreme environmentalists vow to “shut down” transportation in the nation’s capital, the UAW strikes against General Motors, and the Women’s March replaces one set of controversial board members with another.

  • 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.