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

Eyes on the ties

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. Get Involved.

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

10,825,557 Citations
1,776,661 Relationships
292,216 People
126,489 Organizations
83,974 Business People
37,448 Businesses
21,651 Political Fundraising Committees
14,076 Academics
12,651 Lobbyists
11,748 Lawyers
11,647 Public Officials
10,921 Political Candidates
9,018 Private Companies
6,139 Elected Representatives
5,742 Other Not-for-Profits
5,531 Government Bodies
5,320 Media Personalities
4,408 Schools
3,543 Philanthropies
3,408 Public Companies
2,201 Individual Campaign Committees
2,087 Membership Organizations
1,884 Other Campaign Committees
1,802 Lobbying Firms
1,212 Law Firms
1,129 Industry/Trade Associations
827 Consulting Firms
782 PACs
748 Policy/Think Tanks
675 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
659 Public Intellectuals
553 Media Organizations
501 Government Advisory Bodies
479 Cultural/Arts
420 Political Parties
348 Academic Research Institutes
315 Professional Associations
310 Labor Unions
239 Social Clubs
226 Public Relations Firms
108 Elite Consensus Groups