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

3,560,518 Citations
1,176,893 Relationships
185,570 People
68,571 Organizations
62,961 Business People
23,261 Businesses
16,194 Political Fundraising Committees
12,034 Academics
11,924 Lobbyists
8,664 Political Candidates
7,359 Lawyers
6,347 Public Officials
5,432 Private Companies
4,183 Elected Representatives
3,509 Media Personalities
3,350 Schools
3,341 Government Bodies
3,293 Other Not-for-Profits
2,264 Public Companies
2,009 Individual Campaign Committees
1,728 Philanthropies
1,642 Other Campaign Committees
1,439 Lobbying Firms
1,178 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
568 Law Firms
498 Industry/Trade Associations
289 Policy/Think Tanks
214 Political Parties
205 Cultural/Arts
186 PACs
153 Public Intellectuals
141 Consulting Firms
100 Media Organizations
93 Labor Unions
90 Public Relations Firms
90 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
90 Professional Associations
67 Social Clubs