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

3,855,601 Citations
1,413,199 Relationships
245,587 People
87,130 Organizations
70,429 Business People
29,166 Businesses
17,098 Political Fundraising Committees
12,590 Academics
12,178 Lobbyists
8,997 Lawyers
8,924 Political Candidates
8,214 Public Officials
7,107 Private Companies
4,984 Elected Representatives
4,015 Media Personalities
3,908 Government Bodies
3,875 Other Not-for-Profits
3,736 Schools
3,085 Public Companies
2,101 Individual Campaign Committees
1,907 Philanthropies
1,771 Other Campaign Committees
1,533 Lobbying Firms
1,428 Membership Organizations
939 Law Firms
678 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
432 Policy/Think Tanks
413 PACs
296 Consulting Firms
295 Public Intellectuals
283 Cultural/Arts
247 Political Parties
242 Media Organizations
199 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
165 Professional Associations
152 Labor Unions
126 Public Relations Firms
124 Social Clubs
65 Government Advisory Bodies
58 Academic Research Institutes
37 Elite Consensus Groups