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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

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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

    Episode 231: Bad Apples: Cultivars of FBI Corruption

    Episode 231: Bad Apples: Cultivars of FBI Corruption

    This week, FBI agents conducted a search at the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump. We’ll leave it to others to speculate on the justifications, causes, and ramifications of the unprecedented law enforcement action, but should the historical record of the FBI itself provide a cause for increased scrutiny or increased trust in the propriety of the search? Joining me to discuss the FBI’s complicated history is my colleague Ken Braun, who recently wrote a history of the “G-Men” for InfluenceWatch and CapitalResearch.org.


    Links:


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-fbis-bad-apples-part-1/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-fbis-bad-apples-part-2/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-fbis-bad-apples-part-3/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-fbis-bad-apples-part-4/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-fbis-bad-apples-part-5/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-fbis-bad-apples-part-6/


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    • 33 min
    Episode 230: The Dictatorship of Woke Investing: ESG

    Episode 230: The Dictatorship of Woke Investing: ESG

    We’ve discussed “woke capital” on the podcast before with author Stephen Soukup and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. But now we turn to a related topic: Environmental, Social, and Governance — "ESG” – investing. ESG strategies adopted by fund managers—perhaps most notably BlackRock—can place left-of-center social policy goals as equal considerations with investors’ returns in investing decisions. Making matters worse, some state pension funds are following ESG strategies that would leave taxpayers on the hook if trendy liberal activism cost the funds the returns they need to pay their obligations. Other states—most notably West Virginia and Florida—are taking action to prevent their state funds from engaging in ESG investing. Joining me to make sense of it all and to explore what can be done about it is Lee Schalk, Vice President of Policy at the American Legislative Exchange Council.


    Links:


    https://alec.org/model-policy/state-government-employee-retirement-protection-act/


    https://alec.org/publication/keeping-the-promise-state-solutions-for-government-pension-reform/


    https://www.influencewatch.org/hub/esg-activism/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/influencewatch-podcast-187-the-business-of-woke/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/influencewatch-podcast-220-the-dictatorship-of-woke-capital-revisited/


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    • 19 min
    Episode 229: Agency with Ian Rowe

    Episode 229: Agency with Ian Rowe

    We’ve heard a great deal lately about education in America, from discussions about school choice post-COVID restrictions to whether or not curriculum is being developed that helps children learn to succeed at something more than simply activism. Our guest today has a keen interest in all these issues and has written a book called, “Agency: The Four Point Plan (F.R.E.E.) for All Children to Overcome the Victimhood Narrative and Discover Their Pathway to Power” (Templeton Press, 2022). The book lays out strategies to help children learn more about what they accomplish rather than what holds them back. Please welcome to the Influence Watch podcast Ian V. Rowe, Senior Fellow at AEI and Senor Visiting Fellow at The Woodson Center, as well as founder and CEO of Vertex Partnership Academies, a nonprofit charter school management organization.


    Links:


    Ian Rowe bio: https://www.aei.org/profile/ian-rowe/


    Vertex Partnership Academies: https://www.vertexacademies.org/


    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Agency-F-R-Children-Victimhood-Narrative/dp/1599475839/ref=asc_df_1599475839/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=509159799352&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3031156760453569912&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9010800&hvtargid=pla-1224410820858&psc=1


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    • 26 min
    Episode 228: The National Lawyers Guild

    Episode 228: The National Lawyers Guild

    Who are the “Legal Observers” in green caps and vests who appear whenever the Left is engaged in a public demonstration? They are probably members of the National Lawyers Guild, a radical-left association of attorneys, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers. Joining me to discuss the NLG is my colleague Robert Stilson, who recently wrote an in-depth history of the group for InfluenceWatch and CapitalResearch.org.


    Links:


    https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/national-lawyers-guild/


    https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/national-lawyers-guild-foundation/


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    • 19 min
    Episode 227: Why Does Labor Care About Abortion?

    Episode 227: Why Does Labor Care About Abortion?

    Were any liberal organization not to weigh in on a Supreme Court decision overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that invented a nationwide right to abortion, one might expect organized labor—ostensibly dedicated to improving workers’ wages and working conditions—to be that abstaining faction. If one expected that, one would have been wrong; Big Labor, in keeping with a longstanding practice of “social justice unionism” that sees it advocating not only for abortion access but for a broad left-wing social agenda, condemned the Dobbs ruling, placing it in an incongruous alliance with “woke” corporations now vowing that they will offer access to abortions as employment benefits. Joining me to discuss organized labor’s relationship with woke capitalism and social justice unionism is James Sherk, the director of the Center for American Freedom at the America First Policy Institute.


    Links:


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/social-justice-unionism-means-pro-abortion-big-labor/


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/uaw-fails-at-volkswagen-again/


    https://americafirstpolicy.com/latest/big-government-reconciliation-bills-labor-provisions-undermine-workers-freedom


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    • 25 min
    Episode 226: The Omidyar Nexus

    Episode 226: The Omidyar Nexus

    You know Soros and Steyer, Buffett and Bloomberg, but you may not be familiar with one of the most important left-of-center billionaires of all: Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Through vehicles such as the Democracy Fund and its affiliated “social welfare” Democracy Fund Voice, Omidyar supports left-of-center and anti-populist causes to the tune of millions of dollars per year that are increasingly in alignment with the Democratic Party. Joining me to discuss Omidyar and his advocacy philanthropy is my Capital Research Center colleague Hayden Ludwig, who has written a five-part series for CapitalResearch.org on Omidyar’s Political Machine.


    Links:


    https://capitalresearch.org/article/omidyars-political-machine-part-1/


    https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/omidyar-nexus/


    https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/democracy-fund/


    https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/democracy-fund-voice/


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    • 17 min

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SharperEyes ,

InfluenceWatch podcast

Good inside information on an important but unsexy aspect of progressive influence on the US. The hosts clarify how individuals, corporations, tax-exempt organizations, unions, and other entities send huge money to leftist, progressive, or merely Democrat causes. Sometimes the money moves through unethical, secretive, or illegal intermediaries. The facts they present are supported by sources that are in most cases are easy to look up and double check.

sufab ,

False advertising

I go to this podcast by a website that said it was Democracy Journal but ended up being Influence Watch. Don't be fooled this organization has nothing to do with the Democracy Journal. I listened to one episode and wasn't very good. Very one sided information

jerry900 ,

Biased far right propaganda

This is a biased, far right propaganda podcast. Makes me wonder about the supposed unbiased organization it represents.

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