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

9,737,542 Citations
1,609,995 Relationships
278,258 People
117,464 Organizations
78,595 Business People
34,235 Businesses
18,734 Political Fundraising Committees
13,585 Academics
12,454 Lobbyists
10,719 Lawyers
10,553 Public Officials
9,220 Political Candidates
8,084 Private Companies
5,720 Elected Representatives
5,088 Government Bodies
4,973 Other Not-for-Profits
4,626 Media Personalities
4,246 Schools
3,423 Philanthropies
3,205 Public Companies
2,170 Individual Campaign Committees
1,843 Other Campaign Committees
1,803 Membership Organizations
1,670 Lobbying Firms
1,118 Law Firms
1,013 Industry/Trade Associations
626 Consulting Firms
609 Policy/Think Tanks
597 PACs
501 Public Intellectuals
429 Media Organizations
421 Cultural/Arts
371 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
352 Political Parties
321 Government Advisory Bodies
292 Labor Unions
249 Professional Associations
196 Social Clubs
182 Public Relations Firms
182 Academic Research Institutes
66 Elite Consensus Groups