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 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.

  • Episode 56: Planned Parenthood Reveals The Truth

    January 10th, 2019  |  6 mins 49 secs

    Planned Parenthood steps on its own talking points about the centrality of abortion to its mission, Senators attack a Roman Catholic fraternal organization, and libertarians sue the federal government for censoring a man who believes he was a victim of abuse of power by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Episode 55: Obamacare's Defenders

    January 3rd, 2019  |  7 mins 9 secs

    We take a deep dive into the front groups propping up the Left’s defenses of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood’s labor practices come under scrutiny, and Washington continues its biennial tradition of defeated and retired Congressmen hanging around town, this time as lobbyists.

  • Episode 54: DC Antifa Leader UNMASKED!

    December 20th, 2018  |  7 mins 30 secs

    In this episode: An anonymous intellectual leader of the leftist extremist movement Antifa is identified, labor unions and corporations join together to raise consumer prices for Americans, and the nominally “non-partisan” watchdog organization CREW deepens its ties to the institutional left.

  • Episode 53: Anti-Semitism at the Women's March

    December 13th, 2018  |  9 mins 7 secs

    The Women’s March faces new accusations of anti-Semitism among its leadership, New Jersey Democrats prepare to institutionally gerrymander the state so obviously that national Democrats are embarrassed by them, and major election fraud allegations hit the Chicago city alderman’s district where the legislator some call Illinois’ “State Dictator” lives.

  • Episode 52: Another Billionaire President?!

    December 6th, 2018  |  8 mins 7 secs

    left-wing billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer consider running for president, Al Sharpton participates in shady financial dealings, and we remember George H.W. Bush's "thousand points of light.”

  • Episode 51: The Draft Beto Scam

    November 29th, 2018  |  7 mins 37 secs
    amalgamated bank, andy stern, beto o’rourke, big labor, civil asset forfeiture, democracy alliance, democratic coalition against trump, draft beto, foundation for moral law, influence watch, institute for justice, judicial watch, keith mestrich, labor unions, nathan lerner, pacs, political action committee, scam pac, scam pacs, seiu, service employees international union, southern poverty law center, timbs v. indiana

    A repeat creator of dubious “Scam PACs” makes one to “draft” failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke, strange political bedfellows define a Supreme Court case on property rights, and Big Labor’s bank makes bank banking for Democrats.

  • Episode 50: FDA Vaping Bans & Amazon HQ2

    November 15th, 2018  |  7 mins 50 secs

    The Food and Drug Administration announced wide-ranging regulations on the sale of electronic cigarettes, New York and Virginia have rolled out the red carpet for Amazon at substantial expense to state and local taxpayers, and United Teachers Los Angeles continues to prepare for a strike.

  • Episode 49: 2018 Election Fails, UAW Scandal, & Alyssa Milano Win!

    November 8th, 2018  |  6 mins 30 secs

    In this episode: Big left-wing influencers spend tens of millions pushing ballot measures that went down in defeat based on provisional returns, the United Auto Workers union hires non-union contractors to build their former president a lakefront cabin, and a liberal actress breaks with the Women’s March over its ties to bigoted, anti-semitic, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

  • Episode 48: Leftist Lobbyists Shake Down Chevron

    November 1st, 2018  |  8 mins 15 secs

    In this episode: A left-wing lobbyist loses his law license after trying to shake down Chevron over alleged environmental violations in Ecuador; the U.S. Supreme Court hears Frank v. Gaos, a case regarding the legitimacy of class action lawsuit settlements which direct the money not to the injured class of persons, but rather trial lawyers; and the Freedom Foundation, a free-market organization in the Pacific Northwest, claims credit for persuading 25,000 government employees principally in Oregon and Washington to stop paying dues or agency fees to government worker unions.