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

10,882,182 Citations
1,785,793 Relationships
293,390 People
128,134 Organizations
84,311 Business People
37,719 Businesses
21,691 Political Fundraising Committees
14,098 Academics
12,654 Lobbyists
11,816 Lawyers
11,754 Public Officials
10,948 Political Candidates
9,037 Private Companies
6,167 Elected Representatives
5,806 Other Not-for-Profits
5,562 Government Bodies
5,371 Media Personalities
4,419 Schools
3,552 Philanthropies
3,421 Public Companies
2,202 Individual Campaign Committees
2,112 Membership Organizations
1,887 Other Campaign Committees
1,808 Lobbying Firms
1,226 Law Firms
1,146 Industry/Trade Associations
842 Consulting Firms
795 PACs
764 Policy/Think Tanks
705 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
672 Public Intellectuals
557 Media Organizations
511 Government Advisory Bodies
480 Cultural/Arts
424 Political Parties
360 Academic Research Institutes
317 Professional Associations
315 Labor Unions
246 Social Clubs
227 Public Relations Firms
108 Elite Consensus Groups