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

3,782,204 Citations
1,375,556 Relationships
241,055 People
83,313 Organizations
68,628 Business People
27,857 Businesses
16,971 Political Fundraising Committees
12,513 Academics
12,137 Lobbyists
8,878 Political Candidates
8,525 Lawyers
7,811 Public Officials
6,548 Private Companies
4,839 Elected Representatives
3,941 Media Personalities
3,769 Government Bodies
3,764 Other Not-for-Profits
3,671 Schools
3,028 Public Companies
2,083 Individual Campaign Committees
1,895 Philanthropies
1,727 Other Campaign Committees
1,502 Lobbying Firms
1,358 Membership Organizations
859 Law Firms
639 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
412 Policy/Think Tanks
324 PACs
279 Public Intellectuals
274 Cultural/Arts
268 Consulting Firms
233 Political Parties
223 Media Organizations
179 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
141 Professional Associations
123 Labor Unions
115 Social Clubs
115 Public Relations Firms
54 Academic Research Institutes
43 Government Advisory Bodies
24 Elite Consensus Groups