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

3,896,006 Citations
1,433,253 Relationships
247,745 People
90,500 Organizations
71,115 Business People
29,526 Businesses
17,469 Political Fundraising Committees
12,610 Academics
12,201 Lobbyists
9,136 Lawyers
8,972 Political Candidates
8,333 Public Officials
7,129 Private Companies
5,015 Elected Representatives
4,047 Media Personalities
3,955 Government Bodies
3,921 Other Not-for-Profits
3,754 Schools
3,089 Public Companies
2,119 Individual Campaign Committees
1,916 Philanthropies
1,782 Other Campaign Committees
1,551 Lobbying Firms
1,441 Membership Organizations
972 Law Firms
690 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
441 Policy/Think Tanks
429 PACs
334 Consulting Firms
301 Public Intellectuals
288 Cultural/Arts
252 Media Organizations
247 Political Parties
206 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
166 Professional Associations
154 Labor Unions
132 Social Clubs
132 Public Relations Firms
71 Government Advisory Bodies
58 Academic Research Institutes
42 Elite Consensus Groups