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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 174: The History of Big Tech Censorship

    Episode 174: The History of Big Tech Censorship

    In this episode: “Big Tech”—the major social media and online communications companies like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google—FAANG, for short. Especially since Facebook and Twitter banned the then-still-sitting President Donald Trump from their services after the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January, conservatives have expressed increasing alarm at the power of Big Tech to remove voices not in alignment with Current Year liberalism from the internet. Joining us to discuss the history of Big Tech censorship and the prospects for reform is James Bowers, managing director of Challenge Censorship.


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    • 22 min
    Episode 173: The State of Redistricting

    Episode 173: The State of Redistricting

    In this episode: Our regular podcast host, CRC’s Research Director Mike Watson, joins the show to discuss his latest report on redistricting, a four-part series that lives on the CRC website entitled, “The State of Redistricting 2022.” We take a look at the myths, history, and lies around “gerrymandering.”


    Read more here: https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-state-of-redistricting-2022-part-1/


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    • 21 min
    Episode 172: Using the Courts to Push Unpopular Policy (with guest Robert Stilson)

    Episode 172: Using the Courts to Push Unpopular Policy (with guest Robert Stilson)

    In this episode: Radical environmentalists have a problem: Their policies are unpopular, and even a unified Democratic government aligned with them can only advance so many restrictions on personal choice, industrial activity, and employment opportunities before it provokes public revolt. But they have one weird trick to get around public opposition: The courts. Joining us to discuss the tactics that environmentalists are pursuing to have judges force their policies on the rest of us is Capital Research Center’s Research Specialist Robert Stilson.


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    • 16 min
    Episode 171: Getting America Back to Work (with guest Megan Rose)

    Episode 171: Getting America Back to Work (with guest Megan Rose)

    As pandemic restrictions have begun easing in the states, employers are facing a new problem: labor shortages due to unemployment insurance bonuses that were intended to help people laid off from work during the pandemic. Many people are still collecting that benefit and it has led to a situation where employers are desperate to hire people making the rational financial decision to take a check over finding meaningful work.
    Joining the InfluenceWatch Podcast today is Megan Rose, a civil society fellow at the Manhattan Institute & CEO of a nonprofit organization called Better Together that works to provide a dignified way to prevent child neglect through programs that strengthen families and help keep kids out of the foster care system. As part of that work, Better Together provides compassionate “second chance” job fair programs. Rose began noticing attendance at their job fairs has dropped precipitously in the last year. She wrote an excellent piece at the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal about why she thinks that’s happening. It’s called, Jobs Without Takers, and in it she theorizes ways that America’s governors can help get people back to work to benefit the economy, individuals, and families.


    Some of Rose’s other work is below:
    • The Pandemic Response Shows Why Charities, Not Governments, Are the Best Option for Those in Need (Chronicle of Philanthropy - https://www.philanthropy.com/article/the-pandemic-response-shows-why-charities-not-governments-are-the-best-option-for-those-in-need?cid2=gen_login_refresh&cid=gen_sign_in)


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    • 15 min
    Episode 170: Pennsylvania's "Zuck-bucks" (with guest Todd Shepherd)

    Episode 170: Pennsylvania's "Zuck-bucks" (with guest Todd Shepherd)

    In this episode: When people think “political billionaire,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is not the one who usually comes to mind. But after the 2020 elections, maybe he should. The Center for Tech and Civic Life, funded principally to the tune of a reported $350 million by Zuckerberg and his wife through entities the couple controls, provided millions of dollars in grants to counties to support their implementation of mail-in voting and other left-of-center election administration procedures. And there is strong circumstantial evidence that those grants may have favored Democratic counties over Republican counties, contributing to Joe Biden’s victories in battleground states. Joining us to discuss his analysis of these “Zuck-bucks” in Pennsylvania is Todd Shepherd, chief investigative reporter for the website Broad and Liberty, which covers Philadelphia city and Pennsylvania state-level news and politics.


    Read more: https://broadandliberty.com/2021/04/13/zuckerberg-funded-grants-skewed-toward-blue-counties/'


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    • 14 min
    Episode 169: A Democrat Takeover of Election Law? (with guest J. Christian Adams)

    Episode 169: A Democrat Takeover of Election Law? (with guest J. Christian Adams)

    In this episode: In this Congress, bad ideas don’t die—they get marked up by the Senate Rules Committee. And this week it was the turn of S 1, the Senate companion to HR 1, the Democrats’ federal-election-takeover legislation. Joining us today to discuss the potential consequences of HR1/S1 should they pass is J. Christian Adams, right-leaning elections lawyer extraordinaire.


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    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

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.

I don't want to give a nicknam ,

Fair & Balanced

Are they on the cutting, bleeding edge? No. Are they deliberate and wait until all the facts are reasonably ferreted out? Yes.

Airjman3 ,

Very good news provider.

I do agree with most of the their views so i am biased but i think they are one of the few organisations that try to promote the truth.

Good job

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