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

3,532,600 Citations
1,214,551 Relationships
191,300 People
71,801 Organizations
64,226 Business People
24,073 Businesses
16,432 Political Fundraising Committees
12,156 Academics
11,993 Lobbyists
8,713 Political Candidates
7,659 Lawyers
6,681 Public Officials
5,650 Private Companies
4,282 Elected Representatives
3,607 Media Personalities
3,450 Schools
3,446 Government Bodies
3,420 Other Not-for-Profits
2,285 Public Companies
2,010 Individual Campaign Committees
1,811 Philanthropies
1,643 Other Campaign Committees
1,453 Lobbying Firms
1,227 Membership Organizations
620 Law Firms
619 Couples
524 Industry/Trade Associations
303 Policy/Think Tanks
225 Cultural/Arts
220 Political Parties
206 PACs
192 Consulting Firms
169 Public Intellectuals
126 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
124 Media Organizations
106 Labor Unions
105 Professional Associations
96 Public Relations Firms
72 Social Clubs