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

3,576,958 Citations
1,234,197 Relationships
194,064 People
73,406 Organizations
64,965 Business People
24,313 Businesses
16,563 Political Fundraising Committees
12,217 Academics
12,006 Lobbyists
8,725 Political Candidates
7,819 Lawyers
6,990 Public Officials
5,728 Private Companies
4,319 Elected Representatives
3,661 Media Personalities
3,550 Government Bodies
3,485 Other Not-for-Profits
3,478 Schools
2,289 Public Companies
2,012 Individual Campaign Committees
1,835 Philanthropies
1,643 Other Campaign Committees
1,457 Lobbying Firms
1,256 Membership Organizations
634 Law Firms
619 Couples
529 Industry/Trade Associations
323 Policy/Think Tanks
235 Cultural/Arts
222 Political Parties
213 PACs
198 Consulting Firms
174 Public Intellectuals
139 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
137 Media Organizations
112 Professional Associations
107 Labor Unions
96 Public Relations Firms
78 Social Clubs
8 Academic Research Institutes
3 Government Advisory Bodies