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

3,780,770 Citations
1,374,864 Relationships
240,936 People
83,260 Organizations
68,591 Business People
27,818 Businesses
16,970 Political Fundraising Committees
12,513 Academics
12,137 Lobbyists
8,877 Political Candidates
8,524 Lawyers
7,807 Public Officials
6,532 Private Companies
4,837 Elected Representatives
3,937 Media Personalities
3,769 Government Bodies
3,762 Other Not-for-Profits
3,669 Schools
3,026 Public Companies
2,082 Individual Campaign Committees
1,894 Philanthropies
1,727 Other Campaign Committees
1,502 Lobbying Firms
1,358 Membership Organizations
857 Law Firms
639 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
412 Policy/Think Tanks
323 PACs
279 Public Intellectuals
274 Cultural/Arts
267 Consulting Firms
233 Political Parties
222 Media Organizations
179 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
140 Professional Associations
123 Labor Unions
115 Social Clubs
115 Public Relations Firms
54 Academic Research Institutes
42 Government Advisory Bodies
24 Elite Consensus Groups