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

9,713,223 Citations
1,596,606 Relationships
276,176 People
114,760 Organizations
77,900 Business People
33,678 Businesses
18,724 Political Fundraising Committees
13,482 Academics
12,420 Lobbyists
10,571 Lawyers
10,248 Public Officials
9,163 Political Candidates
8,031 Private Companies
5,659 Elected Representatives
4,994 Government Bodies
4,844 Other Not-for-Profits
4,456 Media Personalities
4,153 Schools
3,197 Public Companies
3,147 Philanthropies
2,165 Individual Campaign Committees
1,834 Other Campaign Committees
1,755 Membership Organizations
1,654 Lobbying Firms
1,104 Law Firms
992 Industry/Trade Associations
588 Policy/Think Tanks
580 Consulting Firms
576 PACs
487 Public Intellectuals
393 Media Organizations
386 Cultural/Arts
341 Political Parties
340 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
288 Government Advisory Bodies
287 Labor Unions
238 Professional Associations
184 Social Clubs
178 Public Relations Firms
168 Academic Research Institutes
64 Elite Consensus Groups