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

3,553,684 Citations
1,173,901 Relationships
185,939 People
67,627 Organizations
62,839 Business People
22,982 Businesses
16,165 Political Fundraising Committees
12,011 Academics
11,910 Lobbyists
8,650 Political Candidates
7,300 Lawyers
6,246 Public Officials
5,370 Private Companies
4,130 Elected Representatives
3,499 Media Personalities
3,329 Schools
3,309 Government Bodies
3,247 Other Not-for-Profits
2,259 Public Companies
1,998 Individual Campaign Committees
1,720 Philanthropies
1,640 Other Campaign Committees
1,435 Lobbying Firms
1,170 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
556 Law Firms
486 Industry/Trade Associations
284 Policy/Think Tanks
208 Political Parties
195 Cultural/Arts
177 PACs
143 Public Intellectuals
122 Consulting Firms
96 Media Organizations
85 Labor Unions
85 Professional Associations
84 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
75 Public Relations Firms
63 Social Clubs