The Public Accountability Initiative (PAI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization focused on corporate and government accountability. We specialize in investigative, public interest research on power and corruption at the intersection of business and government.
PAI’s research has exposed major conflicts of interest, uncovered massive boondoggles, debunked sham industry-funded studies, and shone a light on how the powers that be shape policy around a range of issues at the local, state, and national level. We are currently focusing our research on accountability issues in the energy and finance sectors. Our research has been cited in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Our work has prompted investigations, scuttled rotten deals, and disrupted business as usual for the good old boys.
Our flagship website, LittleSis.org (the opposite of “Big Brother”), is a free, online database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government. LittleSis is used by journalists, academics, and activists researching networks of power and influence.