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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

2,379,407 Citations
795,362 Relationships
125,236 Persons
46,645 Business Persons
40,069 Organizations
14,974 Businesses
11,602 Lobbyists
7,699 Political Candidates
7,251 Political Fundraising Committees
4,486 Lawyers
3,919 Public Officials
3,306 Elected Representatives
2,950 Private Companies
2,554 Academics
2,524 Schools
2,185 Government Bodies
2,049 Other Not-for-Profits
1,943 Individual Campaign Committees
1,911 Public Companies
1,618 Other Campaign Committees
1,403 Philanthropies
1,381 Media Personalities
1,367 Lobbying Firms
679 Membership Organizations
331 Industry/Trade Associations
319 Law Firms
211 Policy/Think Tanks
181 Political Parties
110 PACs
105 Public Intellectuals