Political Leanings

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Political Leanings is an Institute side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthroughEdit

Institute side quest: Political Leanings
Talk to Justin Ayo in The Institute.
Travel to Diamond City and head to the Mayor McDonough's office.
Get the report.
Bring the report to Ayo.
Rewards: 75 XP
*100 caps

Detailed walkthroughEdit

Speak with Justin Ayo in The Institute. He tells the Sole Survivor that Diamond City's Mayor McDonough is a synth and was put into place to monitor the evolution of The Commonwealth. Ayo periodically sends someone out to Diamond City to retrieve McDonough's report, and asks you to do this for him. After traveling to Diamond City and finding Mayor McDonough, he'll already have been informed that the Sole Survivor was on their way and gives him or her the report. Once the report is retrieved, the player will need to travel back to The Institute and give it to Ayo to complete the quest. Once given the report, Ayo can also be pushed, with a speech check, to give a reward. If successful, he'll give 100 caps.

Quest stagesEdit

100 Talk to Mayor McDonough
200 Take the Mayor's report to Justin Ayo
1000Quest finishedIcon checkQuest complete
1500Quest finishedIcon checkQuest failed


  • Though you have proof the mayor is a synth, you cannot give the report to Piper (since in the report there is a section where the mayor mentions Piper as "a serious concern") or anyone else to expose the mayor even if a companion is there to react to you meeting the mayor (i.e Piper, who hates when you meet the mayor but does not say anything about it). He is discovered only after you finish the main quest by siding with anyone but the Institute and enter into Diamond City, starting the quest "In Sheep's Clothing".
  • This quest is repeatable, if you wait for a while then Ayo will ask you to pick up another report.

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