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

3,507,440 Citations
1,154,210 Relationships
182,933 People
66,533 Organizations
62,268 Business People
22,673 Businesses
16,000 Political Fundraising Committees
11,949 Academics
11,894 Lobbyists
8,634 Political Candidates
7,094 Lawyers
6,060 Public Officials
5,332 Private Companies
4,084 Elected Representatives
3,365 Media Personalities
3,297 Schools
3,267 Government Bodies
3,178 Other Not-for-Profits
2,254 Public Companies
1,994 Individual Campaign Committees
1,709 Philanthropies
1,635 Other Campaign Committees
1,432 Lobbying Firms
1,154 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
542 Law Firms
477 Industry/Trade Associations
283 Policy/Think Tanks
206 Political Parties
184 Cultural/Arts
171 PACs
139 Public Intellectuals
115 Consulting Firms
92 Media Organizations
84 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
75 Public Relations Firms
75 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
59 Social Clubs