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

3,640,696 Citations
1,309,561 Relationships
232,806 People
76,365 Organizations
65,908 Business People
25,570 Businesses
16,695 Political Fundraising Committees
12,320 Academics
12,026 Lobbyists
8,756 Political Candidates
8,036 Lawyers
7,250 Public Officials
5,766 Private Companies
4,485 Elected Representatives
3,703 Media Personalities
3,591 Government Bodies
3,548 Other Not-for-Profits
3,542 Schools
2,989 Public Companies
2,017 Individual Campaign Committees
1,861 Philanthropies
1,647 Other Campaign Committees
1,473 Lobbying Firms
1,274 Membership Organizations
654 Law Firms
619 Couples
565 Industry/Trade Associations
344 Policy/Think Tanks
249 Cultural/Arts
229 Consulting Firms
228 PACs
224 Political Parties
189 Public Intellectuals
148 Media Organizations
148 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
115 Professional Associations
109 Labor Unions
99 Public Relations Firms
80 Social Clubs
36 Academic Research Institutes
18 Government Advisory Bodies
17 Elite Consensus Groups