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

3,954,801 Citations
1,459,375 Relationships
250,129 People
92,625 Organizations
71,848 Business People
29,948 Businesses
17,933 Political Fundraising Committees
12,643 Academics
12,225 Lobbyists
9,417 Lawyers
9,009 Political Candidates
8,527 Public Officials
7,177 Private Companies
5,054 Elected Representatives
4,091 Media Personalities
4,009 Government Bodies
3,998 Other Not-for-Profits
3,760 Schools
3,099 Public Companies
2,121 Individual Campaign Committees
1,934 Philanthropies
1,784 Other Campaign Committees
1,553 Lobbying Firms
1,466 Membership Organizations
991 Law Firms
714 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
472 Policy/Think Tanks
443 PACs
345 Consulting Firms
315 Public Intellectuals
293 Cultural/Arts
269 Media Organizations
253 Political Parties
216 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
167 Professional Associations
158 Labor Unions
133 Social Clubs
133 Public Relations Firms
81 Government Advisory Bodies
64 Academic Research Institutes
43 Elite Consensus Groups