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

10,073,289 Citations
1,665,995 Relationships
282,983 People
120,582 Organizations
80,221 Business People
35,023 Businesses
20,322 Political Fundraising Committees
13,713 Academics
12,518 Lobbyists
10,994 Lawyers
10,845 Public Officials
10,049 Political Candidates
8,287 Private Companies
5,933 Elected Representatives
5,177 Government Bodies
5,175 Other Not-for-Profits
4,826 Media Personalities
4,289 Schools
3,450 Philanthropies
3,223 Public Companies
2,180 Individual Campaign Committees
1,874 Membership Organizations
1,867 Other Campaign Committees
1,714 Lobbying Firms
1,110 Law Firms
1,040 Industry/Trade Associations
675 Consulting Firms
647 PACs
644 Policy/Think Tanks
530 Public Intellectuals
457 Cultural/Arts
456 Media Organizations
420 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
363 Political Parties
346 Government Advisory Bodies
300 Labor Unions
276 Professional Associations
216 Academic Research Institutes
208 Social Clubs
193 Public Relations Firms
83 Elite Consensus Groups