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

9,727,129 Citations
1,604,276 Relationships
277,312 People
116,375 Organizations
78,289 Business People
34,001 Businesses
18,729 Political Fundraising Committees
13,540 Academics
12,442 Lobbyists
10,653 Lawyers
10,435 Public Officials
9,203 Political Candidates
8,062 Private Companies
5,692 Elected Representatives
5,060 Government Bodies
4,928 Other Not-for-Profits
4,499 Media Personalities
4,210 Schools
3,320 Philanthropies
3,202 Public Companies
2,170 Individual Campaign Committees
1,840 Other Campaign Committees
1,781 Membership Organizations
1,667 Lobbying Firms
1,123 Law Firms
1,007 Industry/Trade Associations
611 Consulting Firms
601 Policy/Think Tanks
590 PACs
495 Public Intellectuals
417 Media Organizations
389 Cultural/Arts
360 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
347 Political Parties
308 Government Advisory Bodies
289 Labor Unions
246 Professional Associations
187 Social Clubs
181 Academic Research Institutes
180 Public Relations Firms
64 Elite Consensus Groups