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

3,491,529 Citations
1,148,005 Relationships
182,195 People
66,066 Organizations
61,962 Business People
22,480 Businesses
15,944 Political Fundraising Committees
11,917 Academics
11,889 Lobbyists
8,616 Political Candidates
7,026 Lawyers
5,999 Public Officials
5,267 Private Companies
4,055 Elected Representatives
3,339 Media Personalities
3,281 Schools
3,247 Government Bodies
3,161 Other Not-for-Profits
2,245 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,700 Philanthropies
1,636 Other Campaign Committees
1,429 Lobbying Firms
1,146 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
534 Law Firms
472 Industry/Trade Associations
281 Policy/Think Tanks
196 Political Parties
181 Cultural/Arts
170 PACs
134 Public Intellectuals
109 Consulting Firms
88 Media Organizations
83 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
75 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
74 Public Relations Firms
57 Social Clubs