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

3,615,290 Citations
1,287,959 Relationships
225,126 People
75,569 Organizations
65,437 Business People
25,483 Businesses
16,623 Political Fundraising Committees
12,272 Academics
12,017 Lobbyists
8,745 Political Candidates
7,928 Lawyers
7,142 Public Officials
5,756 Private Companies
4,458 Elected Representatives
3,681 Media Personalities
3,569 Government Bodies
3,535 Schools
3,525 Other Not-for-Profits
2,991 Public Companies
2,015 Individual Campaign Committees
1,848 Philanthropies
1,646 Other Campaign Committees
1,466 Lobbying Firms
1,267 Membership Organizations
640 Law Firms
619 Couples
561 Industry/Trade Associations
344 Policy/Think Tanks
244 Cultural/Arts
226 PACs
222 Political Parties
211 Consulting Firms
181 Public Intellectuals
144 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
138 Media Organizations
114 Professional Associations
109 Labor Unions
97 Public Relations Firms
80 Social Clubs
34 Academic Research Institutes
17 Elite Consensus Groups
9 Government Advisory Bodies