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

3,658,521 Citations
1,318,118 Relationships
234,001 People
77,777 Organizations
66,298 Business People
25,917 Businesses
16,739 Political Fundraising Committees
12,350 Academics
12,041 Lobbyists
8,790 Political Candidates
8,133 Lawyers
7,364 Public Officials
5,795 Private Companies
4,530 Elected Representatives
3,731 Media Personalities
3,631 Government Bodies
3,589 Other Not-for-Profits
3,557 Schools
2,995 Public Companies
2,016 Individual Campaign Committees
1,867 Philanthropies
1,649 Other Campaign Committees
1,481 Lobbying Firms
1,290 Membership Organizations
802 Law Firms
619 Couples
574 Industry/Trade Associations
360 Policy/Think Tanks
258 PACs
253 Cultural/Arts
233 Consulting Firms
224 Political Parties
223 Public Intellectuals
158 Media Organizations
154 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
118 Professional Associations
113 Labor Unions
103 Public Relations Firms
83 Social Clubs
39 Academic Research Institutes
25 Government Advisory Bodies
18 Elite Consensus Groups