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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

2,444,668 Citations
824,593 Relationships
129,306 Persons
47,897 Business Persons
41,655 Organizations
15,497 Businesses
11,616 Lobbyists
7,749 Political Candidates
7,308 Political Fundraising Committees
4,744 Lawyers
4,139 Public Officials
3,342 Elected Representatives
3,277 Private Companies
2,660 Schools
2,619 Academics
2,314 Government Bodies
2,090 Other Not-for-Profits
1,944 Individual Campaign Committees
1,940 Public Companies
1,618 Other Campaign Committees
1,497 Media Personalities
1,445 Philanthropies
1,381 Lobbying Firms
702 Membership Organizations
355 Industry/Trade Associations
345 Law Firms
213 Policy/Think Tanks
181 Political Parties
110 PACs
106 Public Intellectuals
101 Cultural/Artses