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

9,964,988 Citations
1,648,073 Relationships
281,365 People
119,479 Organizations
79,646 Business People
34,595 Businesses
20,033 Political Fundraising Committees
13,675 Academics
12,498 Lobbyists
10,903 Lawyers
10,706 Public Officials
9,897 Political Candidates
8,157 Private Companies
5,880 Elected Representatives
5,118 Government Bodies
5,065 Other Not-for-Profits
4,756 Media Personalities
4,289 Schools
3,450 Philanthropies
3,205 Public Companies
2,178 Individual Campaign Committees
1,857 Other Campaign Committees
1,846 Membership Organizations
1,702 Lobbying Firms
1,097 Law Firms
1,031 Industry/Trade Associations
662 Consulting Firms
631 Policy/Think Tanks
623 PACs
516 Public Intellectuals
443 Cultural/Arts
438 Media Organizations
378 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
353 Political Parties
335 Government Advisory Bodies
294 Labor Unions
272 Professional Associations
205 Social Clubs
200 Academic Research Institutes
189 Public Relations Firms
81 Elite Consensus Groups