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Our mission is to facilitate and produce investigative research that supports strategic community action and empowers citizens to hold their leaders accountable.
Our focal project is LittleSis, an open database of connections between powerful individuals and institutions. The site brings transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, corporate leaders, lobbyists, and their affiliated organizations. Users can browse profiles of people and groups, explore the links between them, find resources for further investigation, and add research of their own.
It's easier than ever to spot the symptoms of corruption and cronyism in our political process.
Ordinary Americans have never felt more shut out from all levels of government, more excluded from economic gains, and more powerless to remedy the problems facing their communities and the world. Meanwhile, the powerful networks of individuals who've enjoyed unprecedented influence, wealth, and access while steering our country towards its present crisis continue to elude responsibility in the public spotlight.
We all know that the need for fundamental change is urgent. Americans everywhere are pushing back against a broken system that bankrupts and disempowers them. But to effectively push back, we have to study and document the social networks that have our democracy in a stranglehold. We have to expose the individuals and institutions that abuse their power to enrich themselves and their cronies. And we have to make common cause and share this information freely.LittleSis is an invitation for fed up citizens to do just that.
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