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LittleSis' provides a free database to understand who-knows-who at the heights of business and government. The grassroots watchdog network fights Big Brother by helping activists understand where to focus their campaigns to bring about change.

Who do the wealthiest Americans donate their money to? Where did White House officials work before they were appointed? Which lobbyists are married to politicians? Who do they lobby for?

LittleSis' is a grassroots watchdog network whose free database exposes who-knows-who at the heights of business and government. Activists focus their targets using Little Sis' free data and contribute to the database with more information on corporate political lobbying. Think of it as a grassroots Wikipedia to to fight Big Brother.

Follow the money

Map the Power trains and supports activists and organizers how to research power. Its network of activist-researchers do strategic, investigative research that strengthens organizing and creative resistance, helping to challenge the most powerful individuals and corporations. Map the Power is a project of the Public Accountability Initiative (PAI), a nonprofit watchdog research organization. PAI also oversees, a free, crowd-sourced database that tracks and maps relationships between powerful people, corporations, and organizations. PAI provides three valuable resources.

Map The Power - online research for the resistance
Eyes on the Ties - news about the swamp and the creatures that thrive there
Oligrapher - an online app to map connections and donations with

Who profits from tear gas used to terrorize innocent protestors? Which cultural institutions do they support with their ill-gotten gains at the same time? Little Sis has answers.

Little Sis shows people profiting from tear gas sales.

Research for the resistance

Some of Little Sis' current projects that you can help with include:
Investigating the Corporate Backers of the Islamophobia Industry - These researchers are identifying and investigating which corporations, billionaires, and other power elites are funding or influential in Islamophobic foundations, think tanks, and organizations. The research will be used to challenge power elites backing Islamophobia.
Researching Trump's Corporate Collaborators by Region - These researchers are investigating which corporations, billionaires, and executives are collaborating with and profiting from the Trump agenda where they live. They are then power mapping these Trump collaborators to identify opportunities to challenge them with local campaigns and creative direct action.
Power Mapping "Trump's Billionaire Club" - These researchers are investigating Trump's key billionaire/corporate allies, including Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone, hedge fund managers and Trump advisors Robert Mercer and Carl Icahn, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. This research aims to help call out and challenge these ultra powerful elites who are forwarding and profiting from Trump's racist, xenophobic, disastrous agenda.
Researching the prison-industrial-complex/police unions - These researchers are doing power structure research focused on police unions, private prisons, and other parts of the prison and policing-industrial complex.

Eyes on the ties

Eyes on the Ties is the online news site of Public Accountability Initiative & LittleSis. It publishes material that brings more transparency to the role that corporate power plays in shaping public policy. It delivers a steady stream of our latest findings on corruption and cronyism at the intersection of business and politics, interviews with muckrakers and organizers, reports on actions and trainings, and sketches and reflections on power research in history.

Take Away

Little Sis is a great resource to fight the corrosive effective of big money in politics. It deserves your support.


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