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

3,533,938 Citations
1,165,160 Relationships
184,069 People
67,001 Organizations
62,587 Business People
22,836 Businesses
16,116 Political Fundraising Committees
11,995 Academics
11,900 Lobbyists
8,641 Political Candidates
7,252 Lawyers
6,134 Public Officials
5,356 Private Companies
4,101 Elected Representatives
3,413 Media Personalities
3,315 Schools
3,291 Government Bodies
3,207 Other Not-for-Profits
2,258 Public Companies
1,996 Individual Campaign Committees
1,714 Philanthropies
1,637 Other Campaign Committees
1,433 Lobbying Firms
1,159 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
548 Law Firms
479 Industry/Trade Associations
283 Policy/Think Tanks
206 Political Parties
190 Cultural/Arts
172 PACs
141 Public Intellectuals
117 Consulting Firms
94 Media Organizations
84 Professional Associations
77 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
77 Labor Unions
75 Public Relations Firms
60 Social Clubs