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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

3,128,578 Citations
1,011,466 Relationships
171,352 Persons
60,979 Organizations
58,389 Business Persons
20,851 Businesses
14,059 Political Fundraising Committees
11,856 Lobbyists
11,671 Academics
8,483 Political Candidates
6,301 Lawyers
5,645 Public Officials
4,656 Private Companies
3,882 Elected Representatives
3,150 Schools
3,079 Government Bodies
3,025 Other Not-for-Profits
2,172 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,824 Media Personalities
1,653 Philanthropies
1,633 Other Campaign Committees
1,420 Lobbying Firms
1,042 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
471 Law Firms
444 Industry/Trade Associations
260 Policy/Think Tanks
193 Political Parties
174 Cultural/Artses
146 PACs
126 Public Intellectuals