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

4,105,474 Citations
1,537,624 Relationships
260,073 People
103,110 Organizations
74,403 Business People
32,223 Businesses
18,490 Political Fundraising Committees
12,982 Academics
12,284 Lobbyists
10,095 Lawyers
9,246 Public Officials
9,084 Political Candidates
7,653 Private Companies
5,252 Elected Representatives
4,458 Government Bodies
4,287 Media Personalities
4,209 Other Not-for-Profits
3,973 Schools
3,153 Public Companies
2,149 Individual Campaign Committees
2,100 Philanthropies
1,798 Other Campaign Committees
1,592 Lobbying Firms
1,564 Membership Organizations
1,118 Law Firms
890 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
525 Policy/Think Tanks
518 PACs
436 Consulting Firms
349 Public Intellectuals
343 Media Organizations
340 Cultural/Arts
295 Political Parties
271 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
258 Labor Unions
196 Professional Associations
149 Public Relations Firms
147 Social Clubs
116 Government Advisory Bodies
105 Academic Research Institutes
53 Elite Consensus Groups