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

3,391,096 Citations
1,107,559 Relationships
179,404 People
64,898 Organizations
60,799 Business People
22,045 Businesses
15,637 Political Fundraising Committees
11,881 Lobbyists
11,859 Academics
8,576 Political Candidates
6,796 Lawyers
5,875 Public Officials
5,072 Private Companies
3,967 Elected Representatives
3,276 Media Personalities
3,241 Schools
3,187 Government Bodies
3,097 Other Not-for-Profits
2,220 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,680 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,422 Lobbying Firms
1,118 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
510 Law Firms
465 Industry/Trade Associations
264 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
179 Cultural/Arts
159 PACs
130 Public Intellectuals
105 Consulting Firms
84 Media Organizations
76 Labor Unions
76 Professional Associations
72 Public Relations Firms
70 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
56 Social Clubs