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

Eyes on the ties

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. Get Involved.

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

10,170,034 Citations
1,680,183 Relationships
284,622 People
121,383 Organizations
80,772 Business People
35,225 Businesses
20,483 Political Fundraising Committees
13,767 Academics
12,522 Lobbyists
11,076 Lawyers
10,934 Public Officials
10,150 Political Candidates
8,359 Private Companies
5,967 Elected Representatives
5,210 Government Bodies
5,206 Other Not-for-Profits
4,873 Media Personalities
4,294 Schools
3,455 Philanthropies
3,236 Public Companies
2,184 Individual Campaign Committees
1,884 Membership Organizations
1,868 Other Campaign Committees
1,716 Lobbying Firms
1,114 Law Firms
1,046 Industry/Trade Associations
681 Consulting Firms
665 PACs
650 Policy/Think Tanks
541 Public Intellectuals
460 Media Organizations
460 Cultural/Arts
432 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
364 Political Parties
349 Government Advisory Bodies
302 Labor Unions
278 Professional Associations
221 Academic Research Institutes
208 Social Clubs
193 Public Relations Firms
88 Elite Consensus Groups