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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

2,558,706 Citations
865,886 Relationships
141,549 Persons
53,063 Business Persons
43,789 Organizations
16,438 Businesses
11,634 Lobbyists
7,837 Political Candidates
7,364 Political Fundraising Committees
5,050 Lawyers
4,356 Public Officials
3,525 Private Companies
3,413 Elected Representatives
2,887 Academics
2,793 Schools
2,589 Other Not-for-Profits
2,422 Government Bodies
1,957 Public Companies
1,953 Individual Campaign Committees
1,618 Other Campaign Committees
1,590 Media Personalities
1,544 Philanthropies
1,386 Lobbying Firms
732 Membership Organizations
607 Couples
367 Industry/Trade Associations
361 Law Firms
219 Policy/Think Tanks
183 Political Parties
167 Cultural/Artses
111 PACs
106 Public Intellectuals