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

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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

Eyes on the ties

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.

The code powering LittleSis is free & open source.

Data Summary

10,207,036 Citations
1,687,525 Relationships
285,857 People
122,648 Organizations
81,374 Business People
35,799 Businesses
20,619 Political Fundraising Committees
13,830 Academics
12,553 Lobbyists
11,175 Lawyers
11,130 Public Officials
10,283 Political Candidates
8,523 Private Companies
6,003 Elected Representatives
5,379 Other Not-for-Profits
5,302 Government Bodies
4,948 Media Personalities
4,334 Schools
3,476 Philanthropies
3,254 Public Companies
2,188 Individual Campaign Committees
1,954 Membership Organizations
1,867 Other Campaign Committees
1,747 Lobbying Firms
1,140 Law Firms
1,065 Industry/Trade Associations
736 Consulting Firms
706 PACs
674 Policy/Think Tanks
557 Public Intellectuals
503 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
485 Media Organizations
466 Cultural/Arts
387 Government Advisory Bodies
380 Political Parties
303 Labor Unions
290 Professional Associations
236 Academic Research Institutes
214 Social Clubs
205 Public Relations Firms
98 Elite Consensus Groups