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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. 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.
Data Summary

3,234,283 Citations
1,049,105 Relationships
175,484 Persons
62,838 Organizations
59,386 Business Persons
21,446 Businesses
14,891 Political Fundraising Committees
11,860 Lobbyists
11,801 Academics
8,544 Political Candidates
6,467 Lawyers
5,708 Public Officials
4,899 Private Companies
3,906 Elected Representatives
3,233 Media Personalities
3,184 Schools
3,121 Government Bodies
3,059 Other Not-for-Profits
2,207 Public Companies
1,991 Individual Campaign Committees
1,666 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,422 Lobbying Firms
1,068 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
485 Law Firms
457 Industry/Trade Associations
260 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
177 Cultural/Artses
147 PACs
127 Public Intellectuals