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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

2,293,986 Citations
761,074 Relationships
118,148 Persons
44,868 Business Persons
36,882 Organizations
14,192 Businesses
11,575 Lobbyists
7,636 Political Candidates
7,136 Political Fundraising Committees
4,239 Lawyers
3,743 Public Officials
3,255 Elected Representatives
2,778 Private Companies
2,221 Schools
2,131 Academics
2,085 Government Bodies
1,943 Individual Campaign Committees
1,877 Public Companies
1,873 Other Not-for-Profits
1,615 Other Campaign Committees
1,365 Lobbying Firms
1,339 Media Personalities
1,280 Philanthropies
643 Membership Organizations
319 Industry/Trade Associations
305 Law Firms
209 Policy/Think Tanks
181 Political Parties
108 PACs
102 Public Intellectuals