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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.






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

2,116,152 Citations
700,790 Relationships
110,577 Persons
42,479 Business Persons
34,850 Organizations
13,499 Businesses
11,577 Lobbyists
7,329 Political Candidates
6,974 Political Fundraising Committees
3,762 Lawyers
3,464 Public Officials
3,095 Elected Representatives
2,631 Private Companies
2,164 Schools
2,042 Government Bodies
1,942 Individual Campaign Committees
1,849 Public Companies
1,839 Academics
1,805 Other Not-for-Profits
1,614 Other Campaign Committees
1,361 Lobbying Firms
1,248 Philanthropies
1,195 Media Personalities
620 Membership Organizations
313 Industry/Trade Associations
300 Law Firms
202 Policy/Think Tanks
178 Political Parties
105 PACs
103 Public Intellectuals