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Political Leanings is an Institute repeatable side quest in Fallout 4.

Quick walkthrough

Institute side quest: Political Leanings
Talk to Justin Ayo at the Synth Retention Bureau 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
(Speech check) 100 caps

Detailed walkthrough

Upon speaking with Justin Ayo in the Institute, he will tell the Sole Survivor that Diamond City's Mayor McDonough is a synth that 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 the Sole Survivor to do this for him. After traveling to Diamond City and finding Mayor McDonough, he will have already been informed that the player was on their way and gives them the report. Once the report is retrieved, return 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 of 100 caps.

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
100 Talk to Mayor McDonoughDr. Ayo of the SRB has asked me to collect an intelligence report from the Mayor McDonough synth in Diamond City.
200 Take the Mayor's report to Justin AyoI collected the intelligence report from the Mayor McDonough synth, and now I need to deliver it to Dr. Ayo in the Institute.
1000Quest finishedQuest completeI collected an intelligence report from the Mayor McDonough synth, and I successfully delivered it to Dr. Ayo in the Institute.
1500Quest failedQuest failed

Companion reactions


Though the player has proof the mayor is a synth, they cannot give the report to Piper (or anyone else), even if she is there to react to meeting the mayor (i.e. Piper hates meeting the mayor but does not say anything about it). He is discovered only after finishing the main quest by siding with anyone but the Institute and entering into Diamond City, starting the quest "In Sheep's Clothing."


  • PCPC If the player successfully asks for a reward from Ayo, then walks away far enough to interrupt the dialogue before Ayo finishes speaking, they will receive the caps but the dialogue is not complete and the quest is not closed. Speaking to Ayo again will allow choosing a different response prior to closing the quest.[verified]
  • PCPC Sometimes McDonough will not engage in dialogue, but instead talk about how busy he is, and then continue to do nothing. This stops the quest from progressing. [verified]