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

10,607,994 Citations
1,743,416 Relationships
289,573 People
124,929 Organizations
82,885 Business People
36,715 Businesses
21,457 Political Fundraising Committees
13,934 Academics
12,606 Lobbyists
11,550 Lawyers
11,432 Public Officials
10,797 Political Candidates
8,895 Private Companies
6,064 Elected Representatives
5,544 Other Not-for-Profits
5,423 Government Bodies
5,122 Media Personalities
4,370 Schools
3,498 Philanthropies
3,327 Public Companies
2,196 Individual Campaign Committees
2,034 Membership Organizations
1,880 Other Campaign Committees
1,783 Lobbying Firms
1,192 Law Firms
1,111 Industry/Trade Associations
796 Consulting Firms
758 PACs
701 Policy/Think Tanks
593 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
574 Public Intellectuals
521 Media Organizations
467 Cultural/Arts
453 Government Advisory Bodies
396 Political Parties
305 Labor Unions
305 Professional Associations
290 Academic Research Institutes
227 Social Clubs
221 Public Relations Firms
102 Elite Consensus Groups