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

2,624,771 Citations
888,008 Relationships
145,554 Persons
53,273 Business Persons
44,587 Organizations
16,677 Businesses
11,637 Lobbyists
7,926 Political Candidates
7,571 Political Fundraising Committees
5,763 Academics
5,117 Lawyers
4,429 Public Officials
3,589 Private Companies
3,419 Elected Representatives
2,808 Schools
2,635 Other Not-for-Profits
2,458 Government Bodies
1,960 Public Companies
1,953 Individual Campaign Committees
1,618 Other Campaign Committees
1,597 Media Personalities
1,550 Philanthropies
1,387 Lobbying Firms
750 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
371 Industry/Trade Associations
365 Law Firms
222 Policy/Think Tanks
183 Political Parties
168 Cultural/Artses
113 PACs
107 Public Intellectuals