dots connected:
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

2,569,181 Citations
869,324 Relationships
142,204 Persons
53,118 Business Persons
43,934 Organizations
16,523 Businesses
11,634 Lobbyists
7,851 Political Candidates
7,365 Political Fundraising Committees
5,062 Lawyers
4,380 Public Officials
3,562 Private Companies
3,414 Elected Representatives
3,344 Academics
2,798 Schools
2,592 Other Not-for-Profits
2,433 Government Bodies
1,961 Public Companies
1,953 Individual Campaign Committees
1,618 Other Campaign Committees
1,593 Media Personalities
1,545 Philanthropies
1,386 Lobbying Firms
734 Membership Organizations
613 Couples
368 Industry/Trade Associations
362 Law Firms
220 Policy/Think Tanks
183 Political Parties
168 Cultural/Artses
111 PACs
106 Public Intellectuals