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

3,595,751 Citations
1,193,477 Relationships
188,602 People
70,314 Organizations
63,551 Business People
23,697 Businesses
16,290 Political Fundraising Committees
12,074 Academics
11,940 Lobbyists
8,679 Political Candidates
7,502 Lawyers
6,524 Public Officials
5,554 Private Companies
4,221 Elected Representatives
3,547 Media Personalities
3,392 Government Bodies
3,382 Schools
3,336 Other Not-for-Profits
2,280 Public Companies
2,011 Individual Campaign Committees
1,782 Philanthropies
1,642 Other Campaign Committees
1,445 Lobbying Firms
1,191 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
587 Law Firms
510 Industry/Trade Associations
295 Policy/Think Tanks
215 Political Parties
211 Cultural/Arts
194 PACs
163 Consulting Firms
160 Public Intellectuals
111 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
110 Media Organizations
103 Labor Unions
92 Professional Associations
91 Public Relations Firms
69 Social Clubs