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

3,444,305 Citations
1,127,795 Relationships
180,826 People
65,551 Organizations
61,393 Business People
22,256 Businesses
15,830 Political Fundraising Committees
11,887 Academics
11,885 Lobbyists
8,599 Political Candidates
6,921 Lawyers
5,925 Public Officials
5,154 Private Companies
4,001 Elected Representatives
3,315 Media Personalities
3,261 Schools
3,218 Government Bodies
3,126 Other Not-for-Profits
2,229 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,687 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,426 Lobbying Firms
1,133 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
530 Law Firms
465 Industry/Trade Associations
267 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
180 Cultural/Arts
159 PACs
132 Public Intellectuals
106 Consulting Firms
88 Media Organizations
81 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
73 Public Relations Firms
71 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
56 Social Clubs