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

10,199,665 Citations
1,686,104 Relationships
285,591 People
122,413 Organizations
81,269 Business People
35,702 Businesses
20,601 Political Fundraising Committees
13,815 Academics
12,549 Lobbyists
11,151 Lawyers
11,077 Public Officials
10,258 Political Candidates
8,499 Private Companies
5,996 Elected Representatives
5,304 Other Not-for-Profits
5,284 Government Bodies
4,931 Media Personalities
4,328 Schools
3,474 Philanthropies
3,251 Public Companies
2,186 Individual Campaign Committees
1,951 Membership Organizations
1,867 Other Campaign Committees
1,741 Lobbying Firms
1,134 Law Firms
1,060 Industry/Trade Associations
720 Consulting Firms
697 PACs
666 Policy/Think Tanks
554 Public Intellectuals
496 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
474 Media Organizations
463 Cultural/Arts
382 Government Advisory Bodies
377 Political Parties
303 Labor Unions
290 Professional Associations
233 Academic Research Institutes
213 Social Clubs
204 Public Relations Firms
97 Elite Consensus Groups