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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

2,808,784 Citations
953,747 Relationships
158,186 Persons
54,960 Business Persons
48,614 Organizations
18,182 Businesses
11,728 Lobbyists
11,265 Academics
8,266 Political Candidates
7,636 Political Fundraising Committees
5,442 Lawyers
4,758 Public Officials
3,857 Private Companies
3,602 Elected Representatives
2,947 Schools
2,829 Other Not-for-Profits
2,638 Government Bodies
1,991 Public Companies
1,984 Individual Campaign Committees
1,667 Media Personalities
1,623 Other Campaign Committees
1,594 Philanthropies
1,402 Lobbying Firms
912 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
401 Law Firms
396 Industry/Trade Associations
226 Policy/Think Tanks
186 Political Parties
173 Cultural/Artses
131 PACs
110 Public Intellectuals