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

9,681,963 Citations
1,584,336 Relationships
272,560 People
111,647 Organizations
76,751 Business People
33,051 Businesses
18,706 Political Fundraising Committees
13,152 Academics
12,337 Lobbyists
10,438 Lawyers
9,736 Public Officials
9,148 Political Candidates
7,829 Private Companies
5,477 Elected Representatives
4,758 Government Bodies
4,456 Other Not-for-Profits
4,371 Media Personalities
4,057 Schools
3,162 Public Companies
2,416 Philanthropies
2,152 Individual Campaign Committees
1,810 Other Campaign Committees
1,626 Lobbying Firms
1,609 Membership Organizations
1,145 Law Firms
938 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
554 Policy/Think Tanks
549 PACs
527 Consulting Firms
414 Public Intellectuals
381 Media Organizations
348 Cultural/Arts
330 Political Parties
290 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
271 Labor Unions
228 Government Advisory Bodies
211 Professional Associations
169 Public Relations Firms
153 Social Clubs
125 Academic Research Institutes
54 Elite Consensus Groups