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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.






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

2,275,572 Citations
754,488 Relationships
117,709 Persons
44,660 Business Persons
36,498 Organizations
14,129 Businesses
11,575 Lobbyists
7,624 Political Candidates
7,122 Political Fundraising Committees
4,200 Lawyers
3,736 Public Officials
3,255 Elected Representatives
2,742 Private Companies
2,217 Schools
2,121 Academics
2,079 Government Bodies
1,942 Individual Campaign Committees
1,872 Public Companies
1,868 Other Not-for-Profits
1,615 Other Campaign Committees
1,365 Lobbying Firms
1,335 Media Personalities
1,272 Philanthropies
641 Membership Organizations
316 Industry/Trade Associations
305 Law Firms
209 Policy/Think Tanks
181 Political Parties
108 PACs
102 Public Intellectuals