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

3,670,573 Citations
1,323,948 Relationships
234,902 People
78,414 Organizations
66,622 Business People
26,177 Businesses
16,777 Political Fundraising Committees
12,370 Academics
12,047 Lobbyists
8,822 Political Candidates
8,180 Lawyers
7,443 Public Officials
5,941 Private Companies
4,564 Elected Representatives
3,757 Media Personalities
3,653 Government Bodies
3,616 Other Not-for-Profits
3,570 Schools
3,002 Public Companies
2,017 Individual Campaign Committees
1,877 Philanthropies
1,666 Other Campaign Committees
1,483 Lobbying Firms
1,303 Membership Organizations
810 Law Firms
619 Couples
596 Industry/Trade Associations
369 Policy/Think Tanks
276 PACs
265 Cultural/Arts
243 Consulting Firms
230 Public Intellectuals
225 Political Parties
179 Media Organizations
164 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
122 Professional Associations
113 Labor Unions
108 Public Relations Firms
87 Social Clubs
43 Academic Research Institutes
31 Government Advisory Bodies
23 Elite Consensus Groups