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

Eyes on the ties

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. Get Involved.

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

10,126,211 Citations
1,673,527 Relationships
283,776 People
121,002 Organizations
80,501 Business People
35,114 Businesses
20,418 Political Fundraising Committees
13,734 Academics
12,519 Lobbyists
11,024 Lawyers
10,885 Public Officials
10,108 Political Candidates
8,312 Private Companies
5,959 Elected Representatives
5,200 Government Bodies
5,191 Other Not-for-Profits
4,833 Media Personalities
4,295 Schools
3,453 Philanthropies
3,230 Public Companies
2,182 Individual Campaign Committees
1,879 Membership Organizations
1,866 Other Campaign Committees
1,715 Lobbying Firms
1,111 Law Firms
1,044 Industry/Trade Associations
678 Consulting Firms
655 PACs
647 Policy/Think Tanks
536 Public Intellectuals
459 Cultural/Arts
457 Media Organizations
426 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
364 Political Parties
346 Government Advisory Bodies
300 Labor Unions
277 Professional Associations
222 Academic Research Institutes
208 Social Clubs
193 Public Relations Firms
85 Elite Consensus Groups