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

9,855,923 Citations
1,629,295 Relationships
280,138 People
118,742 Organizations
79,211 Business People
34,391 Businesses
19,595 Political Fundraising Committees
13,639 Academics
12,479 Lobbyists
10,828 Lawyers
10,659 Public Officials
9,764 Political Candidates
8,134 Private Companies
5,814 Elected Representatives
5,107 Government Bodies
5,032 Other Not-for-Profits
4,691 Media Personalities
4,259 Schools
3,443 Philanthropies
3,204 Public Companies
2,173 Individual Campaign Committees
1,841 Other Campaign Committees
1,827 Membership Organizations
1,688 Lobbying Firms
1,093 Law Firms
1,029 Industry/Trade Associations
643 Consulting Firms
620 Policy/Think Tanks
619 PACs
512 Public Intellectuals
438 Cultural/Arts
432 Media Organizations
373 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
353 Political Parties
325 Government Advisory Bodies
294 Labor Unions
268 Professional Associations
198 Social Clubs
191 Academic Research Institutes
184 Public Relations Firms
75 Elite Consensus Groups