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

3,702,432 Citations
1,343,304 Relationships
238,071 People
80,947 Organizations
67,420 Business People
27,186 Businesses
16,840 Political Fundraising Committees
12,443 Academics
12,056 Lobbyists
8,854 Political Candidates
8,355 Lawyers
7,640 Public Officials
6,294 Private Companies
4,637 Elected Representatives
3,848 Media Personalities
3,723 Government Bodies
3,696 Other Not-for-Profits
3,623 Schools
3,019 Public Companies
2,072 Individual Campaign Committees
1,880 Philanthropies
1,721 Other Campaign Committees
1,487 Lobbying Firms
1,323 Membership Organizations
844 Law Firms
625 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
390 Policy/Think Tanks
309 PACs
272 Cultural/Arts
260 Consulting Firms
236 Public Intellectuals
230 Political Parties
203 Media Organizations
171 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
131 Professional Associations
116 Labor Unions
114 Public Relations Firms
99 Social Clubs
52 Academic Research Institutes
38 Government Advisory Bodies
23 Elite Consensus Groups