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

3,614,450 Citations
1,202,101 Relationships
189,827 People
71,023 Organizations
63,830 Business People
23,891 Businesses
16,335 Political Fundraising Committees
12,117 Academics
11,948 Lobbyists
8,699 Political Candidates
7,572 Lawyers
6,576 Public Officials
5,608 Private Companies
4,233 Elected Representatives
3,574 Media Personalities
3,410 Schools
3,405 Government Bodies
3,360 Other Not-for-Profits
2,284 Public Companies
2,011 Individual Campaign Committees
1,796 Philanthropies
1,642 Other Campaign Committees
1,450 Lobbying Firms
1,210 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
612 Law Firms
518 Industry/Trade Associations
301 Policy/Think Tanks
217 Political Parties
217 Cultural/Arts
198 PACs
179 Consulting Firms
164 Public Intellectuals
116 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
112 Media Organizations
103 Labor Unions
94 Public Relations Firms
94 Professional Associations
69 Social Clubs