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

4,149,255 Citations
1,565,291 Relationships
266,965 People
106,164 Organizations
75,172 Business People
32,536 Businesses
18,624 Political Fundraising Committees
13,083 Academics
12,305 Lobbyists
10,258 Lawyers
9,391 Public Officials
9,108 Political Candidates
7,680 Private Companies
5,313 Elected Representatives
4,551 Government Bodies
4,328 Media Personalities
4,307 Other Not-for-Profits
4,021 Schools
3,155 Public Companies
2,151 Individual Campaign Committees
2,151 Philanthropies
1,804 Other Campaign Committees
1,605 Lobbying Firms
1,576 Membership Organizations
1,126 Law Firms
899 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
536 Policy/Think Tanks
529 PACs
468 Consulting Firms
358 Public Intellectuals
353 Media Organizations
345 Cultural/Arts
302 Political Parties
274 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
263 Labor Unions
197 Professional Associations
153 Public Relations Firms
150 Social Clubs
127 Government Advisory Bodies
112 Academic Research Institutes
53 Elite Consensus Groups