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

10,463,810 Citations
1,723,783 Relationships
288,089 People
124,220 Organizations
82,321 Business People
36,443 Businesses
21,303 Political Fundraising Committees
13,890 Academics
12,566 Lobbyists
11,404 Lawyers
11,319 Public Officials
10,696 Political Candidates
8,810 Private Companies
6,041 Elected Representatives
5,478 Other Not-for-Profits
5,367 Government Bodies
5,040 Media Personalities
4,358 Schools
3,483 Philanthropies
3,304 Public Companies
2,191 Individual Campaign Committees
2,014 Membership Organizations
1,877 Other Campaign Committees
1,759 Lobbying Firms
1,174 Law Firms
1,100 Industry/Trade Associations
776 Consulting Firms
730 PACs
691 Policy/Think Tanks
564 Public Intellectuals
562 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
504 Media Organizations
467 Cultural/Arts
435 Government Advisory Bodies
390 Political Parties
304 Labor Unions
303 Professional Associations
285 Academic Research Institutes
222 Social Clubs
215 Public Relations Firms
101 Elite Consensus Groups