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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

3,021,665 Citations
993,508 Relationships
167,517 Persons
57,549 Business Persons
52,583 Organizations
19,988 Businesses
11,849 Lobbyists
11,616 Academics
8,437 Political Candidates
7,661 Political Fundraising Committees
6,164 Lawyers
5,452 Public Officials
4,555 Private Companies
3,780 Elected Representatives
3,083 Schools
2,979 Government Bodies
2,946 Other Not-for-Profits
2,159 Public Companies
1,991 Individual Campaign Committees
1,789 Media Personalities
1,631 Philanthropies
1,625 Other Campaign Committees
1,414 Lobbying Firms
963 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
456 Law Firms
433 Industry/Trade Associations
255 Policy/Think Tanks
192 Political Parties
173 Cultural/Artses
140 PACs
122 Public Intellectuals