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

4,083,309 Citations
1,524,844 Relationships
258,700 People
101,028 Organizations
74,089 Business People
31,780 Businesses
18,364 Political Fundraising Committees
12,964 Academics
12,275 Lobbyists
9,969 Lawyers
9,139 Public Officials
9,069 Political Candidates
7,612 Private Companies
5,206 Elected Representatives
4,392 Government Bodies
4,262 Media Personalities
4,152 Other Not-for-Profits
3,915 Schools
3,140 Public Companies
2,146 Individual Campaign Committees
1,996 Philanthropies
1,795 Other Campaign Committees
1,591 Lobbying Firms
1,545 Membership Organizations
1,099 Law Firms
878 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
520 Policy/Think Tanks
496 PACs
416 Consulting Firms
339 Public Intellectuals
331 Cultural/Arts
319 Media Organizations
275 Political Parties
263 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
188 Professional Associations
163 Labor Unions
148 Public Relations Firms
146 Social Clubs
108 Government Advisory Bodies
100 Academic Research Institutes
53 Elite Consensus Groups