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

9,690,912 Citations
1,587,700 Relationships
273,508 People
112,443 Organizations
77,026 Business People
33,278 Businesses
18,705 Political Fundraising Committees
13,203 Academics
12,387 Lobbyists
10,480 Lawyers
9,819 Public Officials
9,155 Political Candidates
7,873 Private Companies
5,524 Elected Representatives
4,802 Government Bodies
4,505 Other Not-for-Profits
4,409 Media Personalities
4,061 Schools
3,167 Public Companies
2,440 Philanthropies
2,156 Individual Campaign Committees
1,822 Other Campaign Committees
1,643 Lobbying Firms
1,639 Membership Organizations
1,155 Law Firms
975 Industry/Trade Associations
571 Policy/Think Tanks
558 PACs
545 Consulting Firms
430 Public Intellectuals
400 Media Organizations
360 Cultural/Arts
332 Political Parties
294 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
274 Labor Unions
232 Government Advisory Bodies
214 Professional Associations
175 Public Relations Firms
155 Social Clubs
131 Academic Research Institutes
56 Elite Consensus Groups