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

10,688,433 Citations
1,757,462 Relationships
290,799 People
125,762 Organizations
83,422 Business People
37,145 Businesses
21,535 Political Fundraising Committees
14,008 Academics
12,632 Lobbyists
11,650 Lawyers
11,520 Public Officials
10,840 Political Candidates
8,943 Private Companies
6,083 Elected Representatives
5,665 Other Not-for-Profits
5,488 Government Bodies
5,232 Media Personalities
4,394 Schools
3,515 Philanthropies
3,349 Public Companies
2,200 Individual Campaign Committees
2,066 Membership Organizations
1,884 Other Campaign Committees
1,793 Lobbying Firms
1,203 Law Firms
1,118 Industry/Trade Associations
818 Consulting Firms
772 PACs
729 Policy/Think Tanks
633 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
619 Public Intellectuals
530 Media Organizations
483 Government Advisory Bodies
476 Cultural/Arts
412 Political Parties
322 Academic Research Institutes
309 Labor Unions
308 Professional Associations
229 Social Clubs
222 Public Relations Firms
106 Elite Consensus Groups