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

3,815,587 Citations
1,392,304 Relationships
242,988 People
84,934 Organizations
69,531 Business People
28,515 Businesses
17,031 Political Fundraising Committees
12,563 Academics
12,140 Lobbyists
8,886 Political Candidates
8,745 Lawyers
7,916 Public Officials
6,894 Private Companies
4,869 Elected Representatives
3,973 Media Personalities
3,815 Other Not-for-Profits
3,805 Government Bodies
3,705 Schools
3,059 Public Companies
2,090 Individual Campaign Committees
1,903 Philanthropies
1,732 Other Campaign Committees
1,503 Lobbying Firms
1,376 Membership Organizations
886 Law Firms
656 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
421 Policy/Think Tanks
333 PACs
290 Public Intellectuals
281 Consulting Firms
279 Cultural/Arts
235 Political Parties
226 Media Organizations
185 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
154 Professional Associations
127 Labor Unions
120 Social Clubs
118 Public Relations Firms
57 Academic Research Institutes
51 Government Advisory Bodies
27 Elite Consensus Groups