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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

2,748,525 Citations
933,030 Relationships
154,285 Persons
54,273 Business Persons
47,630 Organizations
17,718 Businesses
11,696 Lobbyists
9,803 Academics
8,122 Political Candidates
7,625 Political Fundraising Committees
5,356 Lawyers
4,677 Public Officials
3,709 Private Companies
3,507 Elected Representatives
2,880 Schools
2,762 Other Not-for-Profits
2,586 Government Bodies
1,982 Individual Campaign Committees
1,974 Public Companies
1,634 Media Personalities
1,621 Other Campaign Committees
1,583 Philanthropies
1,395 Lobbying Firms
888 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
391 Law Firms
381 Industry/Trade Associations
225 Policy/Think Tanks
186 Political Parties
170 Cultural/Artses
121 PACs
110 Public Intellectuals