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

3,454,825 Citations
1,132,334 Relationships
181,191 People
65,659 Organizations
61,493 Business People
22,317 Businesses
15,870 Political Fundraising Committees
11,890 Academics
11,885 Lobbyists
8,603 Political Candidates
6,941 Lawyers
5,933 Public Officials
5,187 Private Companies
4,005 Elected Representatives
3,324 Media Personalities
3,261 Schools
3,223 Government Bodies
3,131 Other Not-for-Profits
2,231 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,687 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,425 Lobbying Firms
1,135 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
531 Law Firms
467 Industry/Trade Associations
267 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
180 Cultural/Arts
159 PACs
132 Public Intellectuals
106 Consulting Firms
88 Media Organizations
81 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
73 Public Relations Firms
71 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
56 Social Clubs