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 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.

  • Episode 65: Bipartisan Reform Vs Teachers Unions

    March 14th, 2019  |  7 mins 21 secs
    afl-cio, aoc, bias, bipartisan, common sense, corruption, education, education reform, federal, federal investigation, green new deal, ivy league, labor unions, left, marijuana, ocazio-cortez, reform, right, scandal, teachers unions, unions, universities

    A major federal investigation finds evidence of corruption in the admissions to the institutions which define America’s ruling caste, a counterintuitive finding shows education reform isn’t the right-left battle teacher unions and their stooges portray it as, and I agree with the American Federation of Labor on something.

  • Episode 64: Google Discriminates… Against Men?

    March 7th, 2019  |  6 mins 2 secs
    aclu, constitution, crony, democrats, discrimination, economy, fec, fightforfifteen, free speech, glass ceiling, google, hr 1, illinois, irony, legislatures, minimum wage, pay gap, sexism, term limits, trump, unconstitutional, unions, wage gap

    House Democrats advance their unconstitutional incumbent protection act, SEIU-supported members of Congress advance SEIU’s far-left legislative priorities, and a social justice crusade at Google turns up a surprising result.

  • Episode 63: Atheists Try to Destroy a WWI Memorial Cross

    February 28th, 2019  |  7 mins 47 secs
    american action forum, aoc, bladensburg, cross, establishment, green new deal, gross national income, janus, justice antonin scalia, left-wing, lemon test, maryland, memorial, ocasio-cortez, religion, scotus, supreme court, the american legion, unions, veterans

    Conservatives debate the effects of the Janus decision on public sector unions and what needs to be done to help workers exercise their rights, researchers put a price tag on the Green New Deal, and the fate of a war memorial cross goes to the Supreme Court.

  • Episode 62: Teachers Strike to Control Children

    February 21st, 2019  |  7 mins 46 secs
    bishops, bradley foundation, conservative, education, grants, indiana, liberal, libertarian, monopoly, nonprofit, progress, propaganda, property rights, putin, religious liberty, russia, strike, teachers unions, think progress

    A well-connected liberal propaganda blog makes a hash of a hit job against a conservative philanthropic officer, teachers unions strike to preserve their education monopoly, and libertarians sue the government of Indiana and win a battle for property rights.

  • Episode 61: Anti-Semitism and Southwest Lawsuit

    February 14th, 2019  |  10 mins 26 secs
    anti-israel, fyre festival, green new deal, southwest airlines, women’s march, young pioneer

    In this episode: the Green New Deal stages the most spectacular implosion since the Fyre Festival, a former flight attendant sues her former employer and union for firing her for opposing the union’s support for the Women’s March, and a far-left Young Pioneer in the House of Representatives finds herself in hot water for making conspiratorial anti-Israel comments.

  • Episode 60: A Rotten Green New Deal

    February 7th, 2019  |  8 mins 27 secs

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi invites a special interest supporter into her box for the State of the Union, the environmentalist movement issues its air travel-banning “Green New Deal” wish list, and two of our stories from last week explode into even greater controversy.

  • Episode 59: Ralph Northam’s Crazy Abortion Radicalism

    February 1st, 2019  |  7 mins 21 secs

    Pro-abortion groups back the legislators behind an extremist Virginia bill that would expand third-trimester abortions “all the way up to 40 weeks” in the words of its sponsor, Pennsylvania’s most powerful union boss faces a 116-count federal indictment, and a group associated with NFL players funds left-wing advocacy.

  • Episode 58: Covington Catholic Kids vs. Media Mob

    January 24th, 2019  |  9 mins 11 secs
    big labor, catholic covington high school, catholic covington native american, communism, confrontation, decline, economic collapse, hugo chavez, indigenous peoples day, juan guaido, nicolas maduro, protest, socialism, unions, venezuela

    In this episode: The Trump administration denounces the socialist President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro by backing his challenger Juan Guaido, Big Labor takes a hit as the rate of workforce unionization declines, and the liberal press attacks Catholic school students for defending themselves against a media mob.

  • Episode 57: Fast Food Under Attack?!

    January 17th, 2019  |  7 mins 17 secs
    alex caputo-pearl, american federation of teachers, arun gupta, arun gupta nlrb, bds, ben sasse, boycott divestment and sanctions, code pink, codepink, constitution, dccc, democrats, diana furchtgott-roth, fake news, far-left activists, fight for $15, fight for 15, house majority pac, influence watch, knights of columbus, lausd, mcdonald’s,, national education association, national fast food workers union, national labor relations board, no religious tests clause, proposition 13, seiu, service employees international union, united teachers los angeles, women’s march

    Two multi-year labor union campaigns reach their climaxes as Democrats introduce a $15 minimum wage bill at the behest of the Service Employees International Union and the radical teachers union in Los Angeles goes on strike, far-left activists celebrate the controversial Women’s March by distributing literal fake news, and the Senate re-affirms the No Religious Tests clause of the Constitution.