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

3,801,997 Citations
1,384,780 Relationships
242,071 People
84,095 Organizations
69,125 Business People
28,257 Businesses
17,005 Political Fundraising Committees
12,544 Academics
12,140 Lobbyists
8,883 Political Candidates
8,636 Lawyers
7,877 Public Officials
6,751 Private Companies
4,861 Elected Representatives
3,951 Media Personalities
3,791 Other Not-for-Profits
3,784 Government Bodies
3,687 Schools
3,048 Public Companies
2,090 Individual Campaign Committees
1,898 Philanthropies
1,728 Other Campaign Committees
1,502 Lobbying Firms
1,370 Membership Organizations
872 Law Firms
647 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
418 Policy/Think Tanks
332 PACs
288 Public Intellectuals
279 Consulting Firms
276 Cultural/Arts
233 Political Parties
223 Media Organizations
180 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
148 Professional Associations
123 Labor Unions
118 Social Clubs
116 Public Relations Firms
55 Academic Research Institutes
44 Government Advisory Bodies
25 Elite Consensus Groups