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

3,728,705 Citations
1,354,460 Relationships
238,957 People
81,847 Organizations
67,722 Business People
27,384 Businesses
16,883 Political Fundraising Committees
12,476 Academics
12,118 Lobbyists
8,860 Political Candidates
8,407 Lawyers
7,697 Public Officials
6,413 Private Companies
4,675 Elected Representatives
3,866 Media Personalities
3,743 Government Bodies
3,726 Other Not-for-Profits
3,648 Schools
3,018 Public Companies
2,074 Individual Campaign Committees
1,888 Philanthropies
1,724 Other Campaign Committees
1,495 Lobbying Firms
1,330 Membership Organizations
851 Law Firms
632 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
393 Policy/Think Tanks
317 PACs
273 Cultural/Arts
262 Consulting Firms
261 Public Intellectuals
233 Political Parties
220 Media Organizations
174 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
134 Professional Associations
119 Labor Unions
114 Public Relations Firms
101 Social Clubs
53 Academic Research Institutes
39 Government Advisory Bodies
23 Elite Consensus Groups