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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

2,708,280 Citations
918,817 Relationships
151,237 Persons
54,009 Business Persons
46,976 Organizations
17,454 Businesses
11,684 Lobbyists
8,386 Academics
8,086 Political Candidates
7,618 Political Fundraising Committees
5,254 Lawyers
4,617 Public Officials
3,648 Private Companies
3,479 Elected Representatives
2,859 Schools
2,730 Other Not-for-Profits
2,564 Government Bodies
1,967 Public Companies
1,961 Individual Campaign Committees
1,622 Media Personalities
1,619 Other Campaign Committees
1,576 Philanthropies
1,394 Lobbying Firms
875 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
382 Law Firms
375 Industry/Trade Associations
225 Policy/Think Tanks
186 Political Parties
170 Cultural/Artses
120 PACs
108 Public Intellectuals