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LittleSis* is a free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.
* opposite of Big Brother
We're a grassroots watchdog network connecting the dots between the world's most powerful people and organizations.

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A unique resource for investigating cronyism, conflicts of interest, and systemic corruption.

An involuntary facebook of the 1%

We bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. We help answer questions such as:
  • 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?
All of this information is public, but scattered. We bring it together in one place. Our data derives from government filings, news articles, and other reputable sources. Some data sets are updated automatically; the rest is filled in by our user community. More Features

Names behind the news

Who are the movers and shakers behind the bailouts, government contracts, and austerity policies? We’re working around the clock to stock LittleSis with information about bigwigs who make the news, and their connections to those who don’t. For updates and analysis visit our blog, Eyes on the Ties

Made for watchdogs

We're bringing together a community of watchdogs who believe in transparency and accountability where it matters most. We're looking for journalists, researchers, programmers, artists and organizers to lend a hand. Get Involved

Think-and-do tank

LittleSis is a project of Public Accountability Initiative, a 501(c)3 organization focused on corporate and government accountability. We receive financial support from foundations and benefit from free software written by the open source community.
Data Summary

3,186,890 Citations
1,030,615 Relationships
172,906 Persons
62,091 Organizations
58,905 Business Persons
21,146 Businesses
14,606 Political Fundraising Committees
11,858 Lobbyists
11,761 Academics
8,537 Political Candidates
6,410 Lawyers
5,685 Public Officials
4,772 Private Companies
3,896 Elected Representatives
3,164 Schools
3,097 Government Bodies
3,047 Other Not-for-Profits
2,197 Public Companies
1,991 Individual Campaign Committees
1,872 Media Personalities
1,659 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,422 Lobbying Firms
1,057 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
481 Law Firms
452 Industry/Trade Associations
260 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
176 Cultural/Artses
147 PACs
127 Public Intellectuals