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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

2,662,573 Citations
900,913 Relationships
147,956 Persons
53,504 Business Persons
45,094 Organizations
16,872 Businesses
11,644 Lobbyists
8,037 Political Candidates
7,599 Political Fundraising Committees
7,408 Academics
5,155 Lawyers
4,491 Public Officials
3,591 Private Companies
3,450 Elected Representatives
2,815 Schools
2,660 Other Not-for-Profits
2,489 Government Bodies
1,961 Public Companies
1,953 Individual Campaign Committees
1,620 Other Campaign Committees
1,600 Media Personalities
1,559 Philanthropies
1,388 Lobbying Firms
762 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
373 Industry/Trade Associations
370 Law Firms
223 Policy/Think Tanks
186 Political Parties
169 Cultural/Artses
114 PACs
107 Public Intellectuals