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

3,838,071 Citations
1,403,479 Relationships
244,388 People
86,249 Organizations
69,934 Business People
28,860 Businesses
17,057 Political Fundraising Committees
12,574 Academics
12,157 Lobbyists
8,906 Political Candidates
8,881 Lawyers
8,048 Public Officials
6,981 Private Companies
4,922 Elected Representatives
3,990 Media Personalities
3,854 Government Bodies
3,837 Other Not-for-Profits
3,723 Schools
3,068 Public Companies
2,094 Individual Campaign Committees
1,904 Philanthropies
1,737 Other Campaign Committees
1,522 Lobbying Firms
1,397 Membership Organizations
926 Law Firms
669 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
424 Policy/Think Tanks
397 PACs
293 Public Intellectuals
286 Consulting Firms
280 Cultural/Arts
240 Media Organizations
239 Political Parties
198 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
158 Professional Associations
131 Labor Unions
122 Social Clubs
122 Public Relations Firms
57 Academic Research Institutes
54 Government Advisory Bodies
31 Elite Consensus Groups