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

3,579,394 Citations
1,185,813 Relationships
186,767 People
69,703 Organizations
63,233 Business People
23,556 Businesses
16,250 Political Fundraising Committees
12,052 Academics
11,927 Lobbyists
8,675 Political Candidates
7,420 Lawyers
6,405 Public Officials
5,516 Private Companies
4,196 Elected Representatives
3,536 Media Personalities
3,369 Schools
3,362 Government Bodies
3,308 Other Not-for-Profits
2,275 Public Companies
2,011 Individual Campaign Committees
1,749 Philanthropies
1,642 Other Campaign Committees
1,440 Lobbying Firms
1,178 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
576 Law Firms
503 Industry/Trade Associations
289 Policy/Think Tanks
214 Political Parties
207 Cultural/Arts
187 PACs
156 Public Intellectuals
151 Consulting Firms
108 Media Organizations
98 Labor Unions
95 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
90 Public Relations Firms
90 Professional Associations
68 Social Clubs