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

9,703,900 Citations
1,591,820 Relationships
274,798 People
113,562 Organizations
77,485 Business People
33,465 Businesses
18,720 Political Fundraising Committees
13,269 Academics
12,405 Lobbyists
10,542 Lawyers
10,031 Public Officials
9,161 Political Candidates
7,993 Private Companies
5,558 Elected Representatives
4,907 Government Bodies
4,648 Other Not-for-Profits
4,448 Media Personalities
4,106 Schools
3,174 Public Companies
2,955 Philanthropies
2,161 Individual Campaign Committees
1,825 Other Campaign Committees
1,691 Membership Organizations
1,649 Lobbying Firms
1,097 Law Firms
985 Industry/Trade Associations
578 Policy/Think Tanks
575 PACs
561 Consulting Firms
453 Public Intellectuals
393 Media Organizations
376 Cultural/Arts
338 Political Parties
313 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
276 Labor Unions
257 Government Advisory Bodies
223 Professional Associations
176 Public Relations Firms
170 Social Clubs
143 Academic Research Institutes
63 Elite Consensus Groups