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

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.

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

3,519,614 Citations
1,208,952 Relationships
190,740 People
71,491 Organizations
64,028 Business People
24,004 Businesses
16,388 Political Fundraising Committees
12,138 Academics
11,987 Lobbyists
8,706 Political Candidates
7,625 Lawyers
6,633 Public Officials
5,629 Private Companies
4,245 Elected Representatives
3,591 Media Personalities
3,443 Schools
3,429 Government Bodies
3,408 Other Not-for-Profits
2,284 Public Companies
2,011 Individual Campaign Committees
1,801 Philanthropies
1,643 Other Campaign Committees
1,452 Lobbying Firms
1,226 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
619 Law Firms
523 Industry/Trade Associations
303 Policy/Think Tanks
223 Cultural/Arts
219 Political Parties
199 PACs
187 Consulting Firms
167 Public Intellectuals
122 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
121 Media Organizations
105 Professional Associations
104 Labor Unions
95 Public Relations Firms
72 Social Clubs